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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: plash 'to splash' (16-19 centuries), perhaps from Dutch plassen

splash

1 verb
     
splash1
1 [intransitive] if a liquid splashes, it hits or falls on something and makes a noise
splash against/on/over
The ocean splashed against the pier.
2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to make someone or something wet with a lot of small drops of water or other liquid
splash something on/over/with etc something
He splashed cold water on his face.
3 [intransitive] also splash about/around to make water fly up in the air with a loud noise by hitting it or by moving around in it:
The children were splashing about in the pool.
splash through
She ran up the drive, splashing through the puddles.
4 [transitive] informalTCN if a newspaper or television programme splashes a story or picture on the page or screen, it makes it large and easy to notice
splash across/over
The gunman's picture was splashed across the front page.

splash out (something)

phrasal verb
to spend a lot of money on something
splash out (something) on
We splashed out on a new kitchen.
Last year Roberts splashed out more than £1 million to buy a new home.
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