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Definition of dash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dash
    he / she / it dashes
    past simple dashed
    -ing form dashing
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    go quickly
  1. 1[intransitive] to go somewhere very quickly synonym rush I have to dash (= leave quickly), I'm late. + adv./prep. She dashed off to keep an appointment. He dashed along the platform and jumped on the train.
  2. throw/beat
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] to throw something or make something fall violently onto a hard surface; to beat against a surface dash something + adv./prep. The boat was dashed repeatedly against the rocks. + adv./prep. The waves were dashing against the harbor wall.
  4. Idioms
    dash somebody's hopes
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    to destroy someone's hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
    Phrasal Verbsdash somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dash