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a bachelor.
New Zealand. a small weekend or vacation house or shack.
bach it, to live alone or share living quarters with someone of the same sex, usually doing one’s own housework, cooking, laundry, etc.
Johann Sebastian
[yoh-hahn si-bas-chuh n;; German yoh-hahn zey-bahs-tee-ahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn sɪˈbæs tʃən;; German ˈyoʊ hɑn zeɪˈbɑs tiˌɑn/ (Show IPA), 1685–1750, German organist and composer.
his sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel
[kahrl fil-ip i-man-yoo-uh l;; German kahrl fee-lip ey-mah-noo-el] /kɑrl ˈfɪl ɪp ɪˈmæn yu əl;; German kɑrl ˈfi lɪp eɪˈmɑ nuˌɛl/ (Show IPA) 1714–88; Johann Christian
[kris-chuh n;; German kris-tee-ahn] /ˈkrɪs tʃən;; German ˈkrɪs tiˌɑn/ (Show IPA) 1735–82; Johann Christoph Friedrich
[kris-tof free-drik;; German kris-tawf free-drikh] /ˈkrɪs tɒf ˈfri drɪk;; German ˈkrɪs tɔf ˈfri drɪx/ (Show IPA) 1732–95; and Wilhelm Friedemann
[wil-helm free-duh-mahn;; German vil-helm free-duh-mahn] /ˈwɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn;; German ˈvɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn/ (Show IPA) 1710–84, German organists and composers.
Contemporary Examples

We know roughly as much about bach the man as we know about Shakespeare.
John Eliot Gardiner Discusses His Monumental Bach Biography Malcolm Jones November 9, 2013

In Taipei, Taiwan, a bach flash mob consisting of cellists and tuba players took over a train.
Can Bach Make It on NYC’s Subways? Tom Teodorczuk March 21, 2014

Is there anything to the cliché that bach was ignored or looked down on for a century or so after he died?
John Eliot Gardiner Discusses His Monumental Bach Biography Malcolm Jones November 9, 2013

There’s the sound of crashing waves and thunder, greetings in 55 languages, along with Mozart, bach, and Chuck Berry.
Voyager Is Sending Us the Sounds of Interstellar Space Josh Dzieza September 13, 2013

What a pleasure it is to hear him explain what he is doing when he is conducting or talking about jazz or bach.
Mark Kurlansky’s Book Bag: 5 Essential Music Reads Mark Kurlansky July 8, 2013

Historical Examples

This Minister bach is the abomination, primarily of the Austrian lords, but also of all landowners whatever their rank.
Memoirs of the Duchesse De Dino Duchesse De Dino

But the man in bach predominates, subtle, magnetic and nervous as he is.
Melomaniacs James Huneker

The talk often turned to grand old bach and his “Well-tempered Clavichord,” to which in those early days, he gave ardent study.
The World’s Great Men of Music Harriette Brower

With all bach’s amiable qualities, it is said that he had a hasty temper.
The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton

At that time bach’s name, according to my recollection, was never seen on a pianoforte-recital program.
Memories of a Musical Life William Mason

(Welsh) a term of friendly address: used esp after a person’s name
a variant spelling of batch1
a simple cottage, esp at the seaside
Johann Christian (joˈhan ˈkrɪstjan), 11th son of J. S. Bach. 1735–82, German composer, called the English Bach, resident in London from 1762
Johann Christoph (ˈkrɪstɔf). 1642–1703, German composer: wrote oratorios, cantatas, and motets, some of which were falsely attributed to J. S. Bach, of whom he was a distant relative
Johann Sebastian (joˈhan zeˈbastjan). 1685–1750, German composer: church organist at Arnstadt (1703–07) and Mühlhausen (1707–08); court organist at Weimar (1708–17); musical director for Prince Leopold of Köthen (1717–28); musical director for the city of Leipzig (1728–50). His output was enormous and displays great vigour and invention within the northern European polyphonic tradition. His works include nearly 200 cantatas and oratorios, settings of the Passion according to St John (1723) and St Matthew (1729), the six Brandenburg Concertos (1720–21), the 48 preludes and fugues of the Well-tempered Clavier (completed 1744), and the Mass in B Minor (1733–38)
Karl (or Carl) Philipp Emanuel (karl ˈfiːlɪp eˈmaːnuɛl), 3rd son of J. S. Bach. 1714–88, German composer, chiefly of symphonies, keyboard sonatas, and church music
Wilhelm Friedemann (ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈfriːdəman), eldest son of J. S. Bach. 1710–84, German composer: wrote nine symphonies and much keyboard and religious music

1845, American English, clipped form of bachelor (n.). Also in colloquial American English use as a verb (1870) meaning “to live as an unmarried man,” especially “to do one’s own cooking and cleaning.” Related: Bached; baching.


A bachelor (1850s+)


(also bach it) Of a man, to live alone (1860s+)

verb phrase

To enjoy the life of a bachelor: With his wife on a trip, he bached it for a week


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