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"dash" in British English

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dashverb

uk   /dæʃ/  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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Phrasal verbs

dashnoun

uk   /dæʃ/  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 (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.

dashexclamation

uk   /dæʃ/  us   /dæʃ/ UK old-fashioned informal
(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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