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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 travel (to some place) very quickly or briefly, especially in order to accomplish some task. I need to dash down to the post office to mail this letter. A: "I forgot to get milk from the supermarket." B: "No problem, I'll dash down after work."
2. To write something very quickly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dash" and "down." I dashed a note down for my dad explaining where I would be. Everyone was dashing down what the professor was saying as quickly as they could.
3. To eat or drink something very hastily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dash" and "down." I dashed down some breakfast and ran out the door to the office. I really dislike having to dash my coffee down like that.
4. To knock or throw someone or something violently to the ground. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dash" and "down." The bouncer lifted the drunkard into the air and dashed him down on the pavement outside the club. I dashed my hat down into the mud in anger.
1. To leave quickly. 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 or make something quickly, especially to write, bake, or cook something. 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 or some place. If the cake is ready, then I'll just dash over and pick it up now.
dash to pieces
To smash something into fragments. A noun or pronoun is usually used between "dash" and "to." In a fit of anger, I dashed the plate to pieces.
dine and dash
To eat at a restaurant but leave before paying the bill. A: "We can't just dine and dash!" B: "Well, we both forgot our wallets, so what other choice do we have?" Did that man just dine and dash? Stop him!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.