"bash" Definition

Definitions for the word "bash" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. v.
1 a strike bluntly or heavily. B (often foll. By up) colloq. Attack violently. C (often foll. By down, in, etc.) Damage or break by striking forcibly. 2 (foll. By into) collide with. n. 1 heavy blow. 2 slang attempt. [imitative]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
to beat, thrash; “BASHING a dona,” beating a woman; originally a provincial word, applied to the practice of beating walnut trees, when in bud, with long poles, to increase their productiveness. Hence the West country proverb— “A woman, a whelp, and a walnut tree, The more you BASH ’em, the better they be.” The word BASH, among thieves, signifies to flog with the cat or birch. The worst that can happen to a brutal ruffian is to receive “a BASHING in, and a BASHING out,”—a flogging at the commencement and another at the close of his term of enforced virtue.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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