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Dash, vb. 1) to smite, to strike, to knock; with the idea of violence and rapidity: when we have --ed them (the walls) “to the ground,” John II, 405. “their heads --ed to the walls,” H5 III, 3, 37.
Joined with out, == to knock out: “Troilus had his brains --ed out,” As IV, 1, 98. Wint. II, 3, 140. Rom. IV, 3, 54. Mcb. I, 7, 58.
2) to shatter, to crash, to crush; absol.: “run on the --ing rocks thy weary bark,” Rom. V, 3, 118. Transitively: “the rocks . . . would not d. me with their ragged sides,” H6B III, 2, 98. Usually with the words to pieces: “a brave vessel . . . --ed all to pieces,” Tp. I, 2, 8. Caes. IV, 3, 82. And reflectively: “touch ground and d. themselves to pieces,” H4B IV, 1, 18. R3 I, 3, 260.
3) to destroy, to frustrate: “here was a consent, to d. it like a Christmas comedy,” LLL V, 2, 462. “with a full intent to d. our late decree,” H6C II, 1, 118.
4) to put out of countenance, to depress: “an honest man and soon --ed,” LLL V, 2, 585. “this hath a little --ed your spirits,” Oth. III, 3, 214.
5) to throw water on suddenly: “this tempest, --ing the garment of this peace, aboded the sudden breach on't,” H8 I, 1, 93 (cf. Bedash). Joined with out == to put out, to quench: “the sea . . . --es the fire out,” Tp. I, 2, 5.
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