a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.
The intention was to force the bashaw to make a treaty which should insure safety for our ships.
Four American Naval Heroes Mabel Beebe
When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the bashaw was unappeasable.
The Naval History of the United States Willis J. Abbot.
I am going to write to Philip this minute, to tell him he has played three-tailed bashaw rather too long.
The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
At the entrance he encountered the bashaw, who had discovered his loss.
Jack Harkaway’s Boy Tinker Among The Turks Bracebridge Hemyng
Yonder struts a great bashaw that will sometime be laid low!
The Story of Tonty Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The army of the bashaw was cut to pieces and he himself captured.
Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
At length he concluded that he would teach the bashaw of Tripoli a lesson.
Stories of Our Naval Heroes Various
The visir is a counsellor; the bashaw a sort of chief, or lieutenant.
Early Travels in Palestine Arculf et al.
The Philadelphia lay within half gun-shot of the bashaw’s castle, and was guarded by several cruisers and gun-boats.
Great Events in the History of North and South America Charles A. Goodrich
At the extreme end of these rooms the bashaw stood waiting for us.
The Rulers of the Mediterranean Richard Harding Davis
a rare spelling of pasha
an important or pompous person
1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.
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. Historical Examples He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he […]
noun any good or fortuitous match Word Origin Yiddish ‘destiny, fate’
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 Matthew Schmitz bashes Mumford and Sons over at First […]
(formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service. Historical Examples Even a bashi-bazouk must have quailed before that amazing declaration and that patient resignation to fate. The Skipper and the Skipped Holman Day But may I ask what all this means, and why you were hiding behind my curtains […]