dash - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular] an act of running or going somewhere very quickly because you are in a hurry
    make a dash for someone/something:

    She made a sudden dash for the door.

    make a dash for it (=run very quickly to escape or reach a place):

    He looked at his guards and wondered whether he should make a dash for it.

    a mad dash (=in an extremely fast uncontrolled way):

    We had a mad dash around town in search of a present for Dad.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] a small amount of a substance added to food or drink to give it a special flavour
    dash of:

    Add a dash of soy sauce for that authentic Chinese taste.

    1. a.
      a small amount of an interesting or unusual quality that something contains or has added to it
      dash of:

      A dash of glamour was supplied by the presence of a couple of minor TV celebrities.

  3. 3
    [countable] the symbol –, used in writing to separate different parts of a sentence
  4. 4
    [countable] a long signal used for sending messages in Morse code. Short signals are called dots.
  5. 6
    [uncountable] old-fashioned a combination of style, confidence, and energy
  6. 7
    [countable] mainly American a short race in which people run as fast as they can
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