1. (also bash off) to hit, to batter (with the fist).
|Works II 272: A leane arme put out of the bed shall grind and pash everie crum of the booke into pin-dust [F&H].Strange Newes in|
|Virgin-Martyr II ii: With Jove’s artillery shot down at once, to pash your gods in pieces.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 226: bash: to beat any person by way of correction, as the woman you live with, &c.|
|Life and Adventures of Samuel Hayward 23: ‘None of your gammon,’ replied the angry host. ‘You are a saucy, impudent blackguard,’ said Hayward, putting himself in a violent passion, and endeavouring to bash it out.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 350: He had pigs’ eyes of no particular colour [...] a ‘bashed’ nose, and a horrible hare-lip.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 356/1: His poor horse gets ‘bashed’ to bits.|
|in Musa Pedestris (1896) 250: All for bashin’ a bloke down our a-alley, / And a’ takin’ his huxters away!‘Jane Pride’ in Farmer|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 17/2: I’ve bashed the lot – there’s nothing I’m afraid of / (I’d like just now to run against Old Nick – / I’d soon find out the sort of stuff he’s made of.).|
|‘’Arriet on Labour’ in Punch 26 Aug. 88/1: Bashing a knobstick’s ripping fun, no doubt — for them as bashes.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 49: All East London idled, or walked in a procession, or waylaid and bashed.|
|Essex Newsman 19 May 4/5: Mr Cross ordered the prisoner off his land, and the prisoner threatened to bash his brains out.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 Jan. 4/8: He bashed a Johnnie on the beak.|
|Magnet 15 Feb. 9: Did you see him bash me with the camera?|
|Dope 56: ‘If you two smarts really want handling,’ he rapped ferociously, ‘say the word, and I’ll bash you flat.’.|
|London and its Criminals 235: Members of the Underworld are very partial to ‘bashing’ (other people), the weapons used being more often than not broken bottles and knives or a ‘squeegee’ – a piece of rubber tubing filled with lead.|
|Lichfield Mercury 11 Mar. 3/6: She admitted calling defendant a black cat, but denied that she threatened to bash her brains out.|
|Battlers 108: Nobody tried to stop me getting my ribs bashed in.|
|letter in Charters (1993) 195: His head was bashed in.|
|Till Human Voices Wake Us 17: They didn’t bash me but they didn’t have any need to.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 5: Night after night some thief or other was cut, or his head was bashed in.|
|Imabelle 96: I’m going to bash that bastard’s brains to a raspberry pulp.|
|Absolute Beginners 9: Crazy seagulls [...] almost bashing their beaks against the circular plate glass.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 96: [as 1957].|
|Inner City Hoodlum 22: A gang of thugs that bash old men’s brains in!|
|1985 (1980) 216: Shut it, or I’ll bleeding bash you.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] One thing you must never do with an umbilical cord is bash it about with a hammer.‘The Russians are Coming’|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 15: Can you imagine the headlines [...] ‘Casino Operator Sends Thugs in to Bash Aborgininal Welfare Officer’.|
|Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 105: A weapon to bash those hillbillies’ heads in with.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] I’d put up with being bashed about. Don’t know why.|
|Observer 13 Aug. 5: Small children talk of ‘pervs’ and ‘bashing their heads in’.|
|Chopper 3 11: The Cowboy had bashed the uncle and father of a tough gang leader.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] You’ll have to excuse my caution [...] I was bashed in the street a few days ago.‘Prodigal Son’ in|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘Harley had indeed bashed Katherine, bashed her and raped her’.|
|Consolation 1: [T]he Indigenous kid who’d come halfway to thinking Hirsch wasn’t the bashing kind.|
2. (UK prison) to flog as a judicial punishment.
|‘Six Years in the Prisons of England’ in Temple Bar Mag. Feb. 383: They are making it very hot now, and I got ‘bashed’ as well.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 295: The director ordered him to be ‘bashed’ or flogged.|
|Police Sergeant C 21 235: If his back were to be bared, you would perceive there the seams left by the ‘cat;’ for convict 25, 730 has been flogged – ‘bashed’ he would call it.|
|Criminal Life 222: He would rather be twice ‘boated’ (that is, sent into penal servitude) than once ‘bashed’ (that is, flogged).|
3. (Aus.) to dismiss from employment.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Nov. 44/2: Australian writers who try to better their working conditions are familiar with the threat that ‘selected instead of original matter’ will be used, and that they will thereby by bumped, bashed, or chucked.|
4. to masturbate.
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 84: Looking down at my cock, I took heart [...] At least I could bash it fervently and privately under water.|
5. (Aus.) to expend all one’s money on drink.
|Reported Safe Arrival 131: Ah well! we’d only ’a bashed in all the lolly to-night, ef we’d gone ashore.|
6. to work as a prostitute.
|Fings I i: Aht on the streets bashin’ / May bring the old cash in.|
7. (also bash it off) to have sexual intercourse.
|Saved Scene iii: An’ ’er ol’ dad ’d bin bashin’ it off for years.|
|🌐 For weeks, Clyde and Dirk had been circulating polaroids among the locked-up sex offenders of them bashing Amanda with her dad.‘Amanda Gets Zipped’|
|🎵 Bitch suck my dick I ain't bashing.‘No Hook’|
8. (US) to berate, to criticize, to abuse; usu. as bashing n. (5)
|Hepster’s Dict. 1: Bashing – Talking.|
|Burn 47: Why do you bash a man who tries to make a proper walkabout?|
|Indep. Information 14–20 Aug. 66: The MacGuffin bills itself as ‘a scholar’s [sic] site’ and then proceeds to bash film academics.|
a violent person, esp. a prison guard.
|Behind Bamboo 357: The trend of the war had no softening effect on Sergeant Shimojo, a notorious bash-artist. He paraded through the camp seeking every opportunity to beat up Allied officers on any and every pretext.|
|Riverslake 3: Urgers, touts, bludgers, bash-artists and straight-out crooks.|
|John O’London’s Mag. I 197/3: The knuckle, he claims, is the original weapon of the bash artist. It is a classless weapon and has a rich history. Nonsense! The real bash artist never gets within his victim’s reach.|
|North from Thursday 60: Where is this bash artist?|
|Ahil & Farewell 168: He’s a bash artist, if he's got a few in.|
|Sky People 15: He’s a bit of a bash-artist at the best of times. [...] Damned if I like his manner, or that of his mates.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 13/2: bash artist brutal user of fists on others; eg ‘Watch out for Morton after he’s had a few drinks, becomes a real bash artist, clock you soon as look at you.’.|
|Mortality Tale 65: Would a derelict victim have been a fairer proposition? [...] A murderer or a bash-artist perhaps?|
|Aus. Bk True Crime [ebook] John ‘Trawney’ Travers was a skinny, scowling 18-year-old, a rapist and bash artist with the disposition of a tiger snake [...] and had been getting into strife since a child.|
|Return to the Badlands 131: When confronted with a professional headshrinker whose assessment can lead to a sentence cut, many a bash artist will adopt a gentleman’s demeanour.|
1. (UK Und.) that member of a smash-and-grab gang who actually breaks the shop window.
|Life and Death at the Old Bailey 270: Golly, the ‘bash boy,’ who carries the iron bar which is used for smashing the window.|
2. (US, West) a skinhead; thus female bashette.
|Modern English 5: Bash Boy (n): Bay Area skinhead. Bashette (n): A girl who hangs aound with the above.|
(US) worn out.
|St Louis Republican (MO) 5 June 11/2: She lied ant said she be ailin’ so I could wear ’er boots, ’cos me boots war bashed out.|
to meet by chance.
|DSUE (8th edn) 54/2: from ca. 1920.|
see sense 7 above.
see sense 1 above.
1. (orig. milit.) to persist, to keep making an effort.
|[||Yorks. Eve. Post 2 Nov. 11/3: ‘Jungle Bashers’ — A vital force for Freedom].|
|letter 16 Oct. in Leader (2000) 485: Apart from that I just bash on at my novel.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: whitaker: Right, Sarge. Don’t think it’s going to do much good. mitchem: Keep bashing.|
|‘What became of Jane Austen?’ in Encounter 15 7/2: Meanwhile they bash on with their fake consumer surveys, their pseudo-science, their publicity palmed off as fact, above all their high-grade imbecile notions of what is glamorous and exciting.|
|House Restorer’s Guide 195: They like to avoid the bother of puddling hydrated lime [...] and to bash on with the job.|
|All Quiet on the Orient Express 172: I decided to bash on with the painting for another couple of hours.|
2. to make a fuss.
|Jet 25 Nov. 61/2: I just don't want to bash on about it constantly. I do, however, feel a responsibility to do wel.|
1. to produce with only minimal care, esp. of writing.
|Gun in My Hand 226: Page after page bashed out on the portable.|
|Current Sl. IV:2 3: Bash out, v. To write out without much thought about content or organization.|
|Honourable Schoolboy 151: Jerry bashed out a piece on the effect of the American military pullout.|
2. to do, to perform.
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: They know we’re round about here somewhere. Why else would they be bashing out the patter on the set?|
|Indep. Traveller 11 Sept. 6: A place where travel deals are bashed out in hushed tones over a bottle of Beliken beer.|
(UK black) to masturbate a (male) partner.
|Keisha the Sket (2021) 53: ‘Ite den, but bash me off’ [...] I took his dick in2 ma hands.|
see earbash v.
see under beat n.1
see bang one’s bishop under bishop n.2
to masturbate [SE candle as phallic image].
|GeorgeCarlin.com 🌐 Masturbation (Male): bash the candle.|
see beat the (living) daylight(s) out of under daylights n.
to beat severely.
|Louisiana ‘Swamp Doctor’ (1850) 52: She tuk off her shoe, and the way a number ten go-to-meetin’ brogan commenced givin’ a hoss particular Moses, were a caution to hoss-flesh.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 4: He had bashed the living moses out of that smoke who pulled a razor on him.Young Lonigan in|
|AS XXXVI:3 228: moses, n. Daylights.‘Misc.’ in|
see beat the shit out of v.
(Aus.) to idle, to waste time, to loaf around.
|Horrie The Wog-Dog 6: At our tent all the Rebels were ‘bashing the spine’, sprawled out ‘in various attitudes of I don’t care’.|
|Last Blue Sea 114: Sending troops on a route march and going back to bash the spine.|
see under stick n.
1. (mainly juv.) to beat up, to thrash; thus bash-up n., a beating.
|Marvel 26 June 11: Bash them up, Pete!|
|Foveaux 238: The Central Strike Committee was spending money like water just to bash up a few hundred volunteers.|
|Jennings Goes To School 37: I’ll bash you up tomorrow, when I’ve finished with Jennings.|
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 216: You ever been bashed up by coppers?|
|Teachers (1962) 21: I’m gonner bash him up.|
|Skyvers I ii: Yeah, they got a name; rammin’ vans in daylight and bashin’ up the old blokes in ’em.|
|George’s Marvellous Medicine 47: How’s that for a bash up?|
2. (N.Z.) to make.
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 140: Everyone had bashed up a duff for himself at one stage or another. Could anything be more delicious?|
|We Bushies 71: ‘Can y’cook?’ asked a bloke. [...] ‘Can y’ bash up a reasonable feed?’.|
3. to hurt.
|Diaries 22 Jan. 207: Stott has bashed her face up, tobogganing. She is a great fool.|
(Aus. und.) to rob in the street.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 July 17/4: [He]would often ‘bash up to a bug,’ assisted by one or two other ‘guns,’ turn him over and take the money ‘out of his kicks’.|
1. (Aus./N.Z.) drinking, usu. to excess.
|Mr Standfast (1930) 599: Ye ken what a man’s like when he’s been on the bash. The cauld air’ll sober him.|
|(con. 1914) George Brown’s Schooldays 173: And a chap ... and a chap that goes out on the bash and sleeps with chorus girls?|
|Gun in My Hand 187: The boys are getting on the bash.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 191: I couldn’t even go on the bash when we were cashed-up.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 79/1: on the bash an alcoholic drinking bout, particularly in New Zealand and Scotland.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
2. working the streets as a prostitute.
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 117: Girls like that, girls who went on the bash every night like she did.|
|Night and the City 88: Anybody would think I was asking you to go on the bash.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 30: He’s a waiter, like me, but lucky. Got a girl who goes out ‘on the bash’ for him.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 304: Loosening ’er drawers to go off down the town, on the bash.|
|Fings II i: I’ve seen worse than ’er on the bash.|
|Guntz 57: Just because a few geezers in Parliament don’t want the girls on the bash no more.|
|Maledicta IX 144: They slip into [...] kit that shows off the merchandise and walk about on the bash, casually looking.|
3. (UK Und.) fighting, esp. between gangs.
|None But the Lonely Heart 281: Out on the bash, are you?|
4. having sexual intercourse.
|Saved Scene vi: len: On the bash. fred: Do what?|
|Queens’ Vernacular 56: to search for sex [...] on the bash (Brit gay sl).|
(Aus.) go away! leave me in peace!
|Truth (Perth) 17 July 8/8: ‘Go on.’ Wally says Dad said, ‘Bash it up and I’ll give you the farm next door—I’ll give you a motor car—I’ll give you anything. Only Keep It quiet.|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 431: ‘Uptya!’ a digger shouted. ‘Bash it upya!’.|
|Legends from Benson’s Valley 27: ‘Bash it up yer!’ Arty MacIntosh woke up to advise.|