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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from the sound of hitting

bash

1 verb
     
bash1
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to hit someone or something hard, in a way that causes pain or damage:
Someone bashed him on the back of his head.
Police bashed down the door to get in.
bash something on/against something
He bashed his head on the back of the seat.
bash into
I accidentally bashed into a woman pushing a pram.
2PP [transitive] to criticize someone or something very strongly:
He was always bashing the trade unions.
-basher noun [countable]
union-bashers

bash on

phrasal verb
to continue working in order to finish something:
Well, I'd better bash on.

bash something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to produce something quickly or in great quantities but without much care or thought:
I bashed out replies as fast as I could.

bash somebody ↔ up

phrasal verb
to seriously hurt someone by attacking them violently
WORD FOCUS: hit WORD FOCUS: hit
with your fist: punch, thump, bash

with your open hand as a punishment: smack, spank, slap

with a hammer: bang, hammer

in order to get attention: bang, knock, tap, hammer

accidentally: bump into, crash into, strike, bang, knock, collide (with)


See also
hit

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