to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.
a crushing blow.
Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.
have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.
Contemporary Examples

If Mr. Obama does nothing in response, Republicans will bash him for dangerous weakness.
War Looms for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea Leslie H. Gelb April 11, 2012

The result, Chasens, was renowned for that dish and was the site of the post-Oscars bash for years.
The Rise of the Malibu Movie Colony Michele Willens April 28, 2014

Just look at the rhetoric used by angry 1970s rock fans to bash disco.
Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage Arthur Chu October 15, 2014

“He was naked for a long time at the party… He didn’t seem to care what he did,” a woman at the bash told US Weekly.
Harry Was “Naked For A Long Time” Says Partygoer Tom Sykes August 29, 2012

Obamas Threw ‘Alice in Wonderland’ bash The Obamas are Tea Party members after all!
Jodi Kantor’s Book ‘The Obamas’: Tensions Between Michelle and the White House and More January 7, 2012

Historical Examples

Our men of course used to return the compliment from the bash Tabiya.
Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan

And a bash on the nob with a batton is not my idea of a spree.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, November 26, 1887 Various

Time was when, if a man like Weedie had put up his head, nobody’d have taken the trouble to bash it.
The Prisoner Alice Brown

You fellahs let me alone, ‘r I’ll bash in a couple o’ heads!
The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath

Why den hurry, and bash de head against a tree in de darkness?
The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton

(transitive) to strike violently or crushingly
(transitive; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blow: to bash a door down
(intransitive) foll by into. to crash (into); collide (with): to bash into a lamppost
to dent or be dented: this tin is bashed, this cover won’t bash easily
a heavy blow, as from a fist
a dent; indentation
a party
(informal) have a bash, to make an attempt

“to strike violently,” 1640s, perhaps of Scandinavian origin, from Old Norse *basca “to strike” (cf. Swedish basa “to baste, whip, flog, lash,” Danish baske “to beat, strike, cudgel”); or the whole group might be independently derived and echoic. Figurative sense of “abuse verbally or in writing” is from 1948. Related: Bashed; bashing.

“a heavy blow,” 1805, from bash (v.). Meaning “an attempt” is attested by 1948. On a bash “on a drunken spree” is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of “party.”


A party, esp a good, exciting one: Her little soiree turned into a real bash (1940s+)
An attempt; crack, whack: Let’s have a bash at moving this thing (1940s+ British)


To hit; clobber, sock (1860s+)
To criticize, esp destructively: bashing Google more than Microsoft now

Bourne Again SHell. GNU’s command interpreter for Unix. Bash is a Posix-compatible shell with full Bourne shell syntax, and some C shell commands built in. The Bourne Again Shell supports Emacs-style command-line editing, job control, functions, and on-line help. Written by Brian Fox of UCSB.
The latest version is 1.14.1. It includes a yacc parser, the interpreter and documentation.
( or from a GNU archive site. E-mail: . Usenet newsgroup: news:gnu.bash.bug.


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