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Definition of bash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bash
    he / she / it bashes
    past simple bashed
    -ing form bashing
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to hit someone or something very hard bash somebody/something He bashed her over the head with a hammer. bash into somebody/something I braked too late and bashed into the car in front of me. Thesaurushitknock bang strike bump bashThese words all mean to come against something with a lot of force.hit to come against something with force, especially causing damage or injury:The boy was hit by a speeding car.knock to hit something so that it moves or breaks; to put someone or something into a particular state or position by hitting them/it:Someone had knocked a hole in the wall.bang to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise:The baby was banging the table with his spoon.strike (formal) to hit someone or something hard:The ship struck a rock.bump to hit someone or something accidentally:In the darkness I bumped into a chair.bash (informal) to hit against something very hard:I braked too late and bashed into the car in front of me.Patterns to knock/bang/bump/bash into somebody/something to knock/bang/bump/bash on something to hit/knock/bang/strike/bump/bash something with something to hit/strike the ground/floor/wall
  2. 2[transitive] bash somebody/something to criticize someone or something strongly Bashing politicians is normal practice in the press. a liberal-bashing administration see also bashing
  3. Phrasal Verbsbash somethingdown/in
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