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dash (something) against (something)
To throw something against something else. In a fit of anger, I dashed the plate against the wall.
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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.
To move quickly across an area. Did you see that bunny dash across the yard?
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.
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.
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.
To make a quick visit to someone. If the cake is ready, then I'll just dash over and pick it up now.
dash to pieces
To break something. In a fit of anger, I dashed the plate to pieces.
dash a note offand 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.
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.
dash awayand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.