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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from the sound of something breaking when hit

dash

1 verb
     
dash1
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to go or run somewhere very quickly:
Olive dashed into the room, grabbed her bag, and ran out again.
2

dash somebody's hopes

to disappoint someone by telling them that what they want is not possible:
Hopkins' hopes were dashed when his appeal was denied.
3

(I) must dash/(I) have to dash

British English spoken used to tell someone that you must leave quickly:
Anyway, I must dash - I said I'd meet Daniel at eight.
4 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] written to throw or push something violently against something, especially so that it breaks
dash something against/on something
The ship was dashed against the rocks.
dash against
Waves were dashing against the sea wall.
5

dash it (all)!

British English old-fashioned used to show that you are slightly annoyed or angry about something

dash off

phrasal verb
1 to leave somewhere very quickly:
Harry dashed off before she had a chance to thank him.
2

dash something ↔ off

to write or draw something very quickly:
She dashed off a quick letter.
WORD FOCUS: run WORD FOCUS: run
for exercise: jog

very quickly because you are in a hurry: dash, tear, sprint


See also
run

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