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"dash" in British English

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dashverb

uk   us   /dæʃ/

dash verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

B2 [I] to go ​somewherequickly: The ​dogran off, and she dashed after him.UK I've been dashing around all ​day.UK I must dash - I've got to be ​home by seven.
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dash verb (HIT)

[I or T, usually + prep] to ​hit something with ​greatforce, ​especiallycausingdamage: The ​tidalwave dashed the ​ship against the ​rocks. Waves dashed against the ​cliffs.
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dashnoun

uk   us   /dæʃ/

dash noun (QUICK MOVEMENT)

B2 [S] the ​act of ​runningsomewhere very ​quickly: I made a dash for the ​bathroom. There was a mad dash for the ​exit. As ​soon as the ​raindies down I'm going to make a dash for it (= ​runsomewhere very ​fast). [C usually singular] mainly US a ​race over a ​shortdistance: Who ​won the 100-yard dash?
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dash noun (PUNCTUATION)

B2 [C] the ​symbol – used to ​separateparts of a ​sentence
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[C] a ​longsound or ​flash of ​light that is used with dots to ​sendmessages in Morse (code)

dash noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

a dash C2 a ​smallamount of something, ​especiallyliquidfood, that is ​added to something ​else: Add some ​butter and a dash of ​salt. "Cream with ​yourcoffee, ​Madam?" "Yes ​please - just a dash."figurative A ​scarfadds a dash of (= a ​smallamount of)sophistication.

dash noun (STYLE)

[U] old-fashioned style and ​confidence

dashexclamation

uk   us   /dæʃ/ UK old-fashioned informal
used to ​expressanger: Oh dash (it)! I've ​left my ​umbrella in the ​office.
(Definition of dash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dash" in American English

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dashverb

 us   /dæʃ/

dash verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move ​quickly: She dashed to the ​store for some ​juice. Mary’s always dashing from one ​meeting to another.

dash verb (HIT)

[I/T] to ​hit with ​greatforce, esp. causing ​damage: [I] Waves dashed against the ​cliffs. [T] fig. Hopes of an ​economicrecovery have been dashed (= ​destroyed) by the ​latestunemploymentstatistics.

dashnoun

 us   /dæʃ/

dash noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] a ​smallamount of something ​added to or ​mixed with something ​else: Add a dash of ​salt to the ​mixture.

dash noun (LINE)

[C] a ​short, ​horizontalmark ( – ) used to ​separateparts of ​sentences

dash noun (QUICK MOVE)

[C usually sing] the ​act of ​runningsomewherequickly: We made a dash for the ​plane. [C usually sing] A dash is also a ​race over a ​shortdistance: a 50-yard dash
(Definition of dash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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