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cut a dash

To have a striking, attractive, and elegant appearance (in one's style of clothes). Primarily heard in UK. Louise really cut a dash in her new dress at her sister's wedding. Some people find it strange to get so dressed up for everyday events, but I believe one should always try to cut a dash whenever possible.
See also: cut, dash

dash off (somewhere)

To quickly and suddenly leave (to some place). I'm just going to dash off to the pub for a quick pint. She dashed off as soon as the exam was finished.
See also: dash, off

dash (one's) hopes

To undercut one's dreams or optimistic views. I became a lawyer after my parents dashed my hopes of being an artist.
See also: dash, hope

dash (something) against (something)

To throw something against something else. In a fit of anger, I dashed the plate against the wall.
See also: dash

dash a note off

To quickly write and send a message to one. At the very least, just dash a note off to Aunt Mildred and thank her for the gift.
See also: dash, note, off

dash across

To move quickly across an area. Did you see that bunny dash across the yard?
See also: across, dash

dash away

To run away. The burglar dashed away as soon as he heard the security alarm. I'm sorry to dash away, but I'll miss the bus if I don't leave now.
See also: away, dash

dash off

1. To leave quickly. In this usage, "dash off" is a set phrase. The burglar dashed off as soon as he heard the security alarm. I'm sorry to dash off, but I'll miss the bus if I don't leave now.
2. To do something quickly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dash" and "off." At the very least, just dash a note off to Aunt Mildred and thank her for the gift.
See also: dash, off

dash out

To leave quickly. The burglar dashed out as soon as he heard the security alarm. I'm sorry to dash out, but I'll miss the bus if I don't leave now.
See also: dash, out

dash over

To make a quick visit to someone. If the cake is ready, then I'll just dash over and pick it up now.
See also: dash, over

dash to pieces

To break something. In a fit of anger, I dashed the plate to pieces.
See also: dash, piece

dash a note off

 and dash a letter off
to write a note or letter quickly and send it off. I have to dash this letter off, then I will be with you. I'll dash off a note to her.
See also: dash, note, off

dash across something

to run quickly across some area. John dashed across the busy street and ran in the door. The dog dashed across the yard and confronted the meter reader.
See also: across, dash

dash away

 and dash off
to run away; to leave in a hurry. I must dash away. See you tomorrow. Juan had to dash away to an appointment. Ken dashed off and left me behind to deal with the angry customer.
See also: away, dash

dash out (for something)

[for someone] to leave a place in a hurry to get something. Harry dashed out for some cigarettes. Excuse me. I just have to dash out.
See also: dash, out

dash over (for something)

[for someone] to come by quickly for something such as a brief visit. I just dashed over for a cup of sugar. Can you spare it? I needed some sugar, so I just dashed over.
See also: dash, over

dash someone or something against someone or something

to throw or fling someone or something at or against someone or something. Sam dashed the bottle against the floor, shattering it. Alice dashed the box against Ed, throwing him off balance.
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dash someone's hopes

Fig. to ruin someone's hopes; to put an end to someone's dreams or aspirations. Mary dashed my hopes when she said she wouldn't marry me.
See also: dash, hope

dash something off

to make or do something quickly. I will dash this off now and try to take more time with the rest of them. I will see if I can dash off a cherry pie before dinner.
See also: dash, off

dash something to pieces

to break something into small pieces. She dashed the glass to pieces on the floor—she was so mad. The potter dashed the imperfect pot to pieces.
See also: dash, piece

make a dash for someone or something

to run quickly for someone or something. Suddenly Max made a dash for Lefty and punched him in the stomach. John made a dash for the bathroom as soon as they arrived home.
See also: dash, make

pour cold water on something

 
1. Lit. to douse something with cold water. Pour cold water on the vegetables to freshen them. I poured cold water on my head to cool myself off.
2. and dash cold water on something; throw cold water on something Fig. to discourage doing something; to reduce enthusiasm for something. (Alludes to cooling passion with cold water.) When my father said I couldn't have the car, he poured cold water on my plans. John threw cold water on the whole project by refusing to participate.
See also: cold, on, pour, water

dash off

1. Write or sketch hastily, as in I'm just going to dash off a letter. [Early 1700s]
2. Hurry away, depart hastily, as in He dashed off as though he was being chased. This usage employs the verb dash in the sense of "impetuously run" or "rush," a usage dating from about 1300.
See also: dash, off

dash someone's hopes

Destroy someone's plans, disappoint or disillusion. For example, That fall dashed her hopes of a gold medal. This term uses dash in the sense of "destroy," a usage surviving only in this idiom. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: dash, hope

pour cold water on

Also, throw cold water on. Discourage or deter, as in Cutting my year-end bonus poured cold water on my loyalty to the company, or Hearing about the outbreak of cholera threw cold water on our plans to visit Bolivia. This term, with its image of putting out a fire with water, at one time meant "defame" or "slander"; the modern meaning dates from about 1800.
See also: cold, on, pour, water

cut a dash

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone cuts a dash, they impress other people with their stylish appearance. His lawyer looks as though he would cut a dash on the hunting field. Tania cut a daring dash with a dress slashed almost to the waist.
See also: cut, dash

pour (or throw) cold water on

be discouraging or negative about a plan or suggestion.
1998 New Scientist When I put it to…the health minister, that perhaps all clinical trial results should be published, she threw cold water on the idea.
See also: cold, on, pour, water

cut a dash

be stylish or impressive in your dress or behaviour.
As a noun, dash in the sense of ‘showy appearance’ is now found only in this expression, but this sense does also survive in the adjective dashing .
See also: cut, dash

do your dash

exhaust your energies or chances. Australian informal
1973 Chester Eagle Who Could Love the Nightingale? ‘Keep going,’ she said. ‘Keep going.’ ‘I've done my dash, Marg, in every sense of the words.’
See also: dash

make a ˈbolt/ˈdash for it/something

(informal) try to escape or get somewhere quickly: The prisoners made a bolt for it through an open window.We smelt smoke and made a dash for the door.
See also: bolt, dash, make, something

cut a ˈdash

(British English) impress others by your elegant appearance or behaviour: She cuts quite a dash with her designer clothes and expensive car.
See also: cut, dash

dash/shatter somebody’s ˈhopes

destroy somebody’s hopes of doing or getting something: Any hopes that the museum would be built this year were dashed yesterday when the council announced its plans to spend less money on the arts.His poor performance in the exam shattered his hopes of becoming a lawyer.
See also: dash, hope, shatter

dash off

v.
1. To depart in a hurry: When the bell rang, he excused himself from the lunch table and dashed off to class.
2. To write or draw something hurriedly: She dashed off a note that explained where she was going. He dashed a memo off to the staff explaining the new dress code.
See also: dash, off

slap-dash

mod. fast and careless. I wish you hadn’t done it in such a slap-dash fashion.
References in classic literature ?
Powell we know taking solitary week-end cruises in the estuary of the Thames (with mysterious dashes into lonely creeks) but to the young Mr.
And just as he is swallowing his last mouthful, winding his comforter round his throat, and tucking the ends into the breast of his coat, the horn sounds; boots looks in and says, "Tally-ho, sir;" and they hear the ring and the rattle of the four fast trotters and the town-made drag, as it dashes up to the Peacock.
Then, One day, like one of the prisms that you love so well, little girl, you danced into my life, and flecked my dreary old world with dashes of the purple and gold and scarlet of your own bright cheeriness.
The cat at first dashes all round the cage, making frantic efforts to force a way out.
He never wrote to me without asking for money in his life, and all his letters are full of bad spelling, and dashes, and bad grammar.
Then, he dashes it down under the grate, with such force that the broken splinters fly out again in a shower; and he leaves the house.
Other groups, bested, fled among the trees to carry on guerrilla warfare, emerging in sudden dashes to overwhelm isolated enemies.
Jean-Pierre staggered back, and after three successive dashes got into his cart.
On it whirls headlong, dives through the woods again, emerges in the light, clatters over frail arches, rumbles upon the heavy ground, shoots beneath a wooden bridge which intercepts the light for a second like a wink, suddenly awakens all the slumbering echoes in the main street of a large town, and dashes on haphazard, pell-mell, neck-or-nothing, down the middle of the road.