From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdashdash1 /dæʃ/ ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1RUNHURRY[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to go or run somewhere very quickly 🔊 Olive dashed into the room, grabbed her bag, and ran out again.► see thesaurus at hurry, run2 →dash somebody’s hopes3 →(I) must dash/(I) have to dash4[intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] writtenTHROW to throw or push something violently against something, especially so that it breaksdash something against/on something 🔊 The ship was dashed against the rocks.dash against 🔊 Waves were dashing against the sea wall.5 →dash it (all)! →dash off→ See Verb table
dashdash2 ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1small 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.2RUNrun 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.3lineSLA [countable] a line ( – ) used in writing to separate two closely related parts of a sentence, as for example, in the sentence ‘Go home – they’rewaiting for you.’4sound [countable]SLA a long sound or flash of light used for sendingmessages in Morse code → dot5x-refcar [countable] American English a dashboard6style [uncountable]BRAVE old-fashionedstyle, energy, and courage in someone such as a soldier7 →cut a dashCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 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.