Definition of dash verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dash

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dæʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dash
    BrE BrE//dæʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæʃ//
     
    he / she / it dashes
    BrE BrE//ˈdæʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæʃɪz//
     
    past simple dashed
    BrE BrE//dæʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæʃt//
     
    past participle dashed
    BrE BrE//dæʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæʃt//
     
    -ing form dashing
    BrE BrE//ˈdæʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæʃɪŋ//
     
     
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    go quickly
  1. 1[intransitive] to go somewhere very quickly synonym rush I must 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 harbour wall.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘strike forcibly against’): probably symbolic of forceful movement and related to Swedish and Danish daska.Extra examples He dashed frantically across the road. He dashed her aside. Her hopes were cruelly dashed when her parents refused to let her go. I have to dash off now. She dashed the bottle to the ground. The ship was seized by the waves and dashed against the harbour wall. This latest fighting has dashed all hopes of a ceasefire.Idioms
    dash (it)!, dash it all!
     
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    (old-fashioned, British English) used to show that you are annoyed about something
    dash somebody’s hopes
     
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    to destroy somebody’s hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
    Phrasal Verbsdash somethingoff
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