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dash in Letters & punctuation topic

dashdash2 ●●○ noun  1 small amountLITTLE/NOT MUCH [singular] a) a small amount of a substance that is added to something elsedash of Add salt, pepper and a dash of vinegar. b) a small amount of a quality that is added to something elsedash of Add a dash of romance to your life with a trip to Paris.2 RUNrun quickly [countable usually singular] an occasion when someone runs somewhere very quickly in order to get away from something or someone, or in order to reach themmake a dash for something He made a dash for the door. The prisoners made a dash for freedom. It’s pouring with rain – we’ll have to make a dash for it. When the alarm went there was a mad dash for the exit.3 lineSLA [countable] a line ( – ) used in writing to separate two closely related parts of a sentence, as for example, in the sentence ‘Go home – they’re waiting for you.’4 sound [countable]SLA a long sound or flash of light used for sending messages in Morse codedot5 x-refcar [countable] American English a dashboard6 style [uncountable]BRAVE old-fashioned style, energy, and courage in someone such as a soldier7 cut a dashCOLLOCATIONSMeaning 2: an occasion when someone runs somewhere very quickly in order to get away from something or someone, or in order to reach themverbsmake a dash for somethingThe rain had almost stopped so we decided to make a dash for home.make a dash for it (=run very quickly to escape or to reach a place)He turned and made a dash for it but the police officer caught him.adjectivesa quick dashHave I got time to make a quick dash to the shops?a sudden dashHe made a sudden dash for the door.a mad/frantic dash (=very fast, usually because you are worried about something)‘Something’s burning’, she said, making a mad dash for the kitchen.a headlong dash (=without looking where you are going)I made a headlong dash up the street but just missed the bus.a last-minute dash (=very fast, because you have very little time remaining)We only just caught our plane, after a last-minute dash to the airport.
Examples from the Corpus
dashI've put a sprinkling of brown sugar and a dash of milk on it.Elisabeth had made a dash for fresh air and Mitzi's arm met that of Elisabeth's chair.This is done by clicking the mouse pointer either on the top right-hand upward pointing arrow or the extreme top left-hand dash.At Freeport, the Jones Beach stop, was the mad dash for the bus.For example, to print a line of dashes across the screen, press Esc, type 64, then press -.Whatever type of dash you use, remember that consistency is key.Patrick had briefed him on the reasons for their sudden turnaround in Bucharest and the dash back to the Channel.The difficulty arises from ministerial unwillingness to curb the dash for gas or to cut-off the cross-Channel interconnector.the 40-yard dashdash ofAdd a dash of salt to the beans.It's fiction with a dash of history.make a dash for somethingElisabeth had made a dash for fresh air and Mitzi's arm met that of Elisabeth's chair.He made a dash for the big front door and threw himself into the gloomy chill of the hall.Afraid she might give in quickly and completely if she stayed here any longer, she made a dash for the door.But it was hard to ignore hard green crab apples lobbing in, and finally my sister made a dash for him.As the fire spread up the walls, Stan made a dash for safety.He intended to make a dash for his room and wedge a broken chair-leg under the door to keep the monster out.In case anything went wrong, I was prepared to make a dash for Armstrong.She hung by the open door, ready to make a dash for it at the first sign of trouble.Abruptly the woman speeded up, making a dash for the door.