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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mash potatoes (=crush them until they are smooth, after boiling them)
mashed potato(es) (=boiled and crushed until smooth)
▪ I like sausages with mashed potatoes. a pulp
Mash the bananas to a pulp.
▪ It was seven o'clock in the evening and Lowell was mashing up cat biscuits in hot water for Middy.
▪ Anyway, in order to close the suitcase, we end up mashing down all our carefully folded stacks of clothes.
▪ Maria, aged 18 months, would drink milk only with a rusk mashed up in her bottle.
▪ Using a potato masher, mash the beans to a paste in the remaining liquid.
▪ Using an electric mixer or potato masher, mash potatoes until almost smooth.
Mash the banana and add it to the batter.
Mash the bananas and add them to the mixture.
▪ Boil the potatoes and then mash them up.
▪ Continue stirring and mashing potatoes for about 5 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and potatoes are soft and lumpy.
▪ Drain then mash them and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
▪ I take the hand that he mashed in greeting me, and work the knuckles with the fingers of my other hand.
▪ Steam or bake winter squash of your choice, then mash with butter and serve as a colorful alternative to mashed potatoes.
▪ The other boy will mash tea a dozen times a day - your house becomes a transport cafe.
▪ Above: Bangers and mash - savoury and satisfying.
▪ Bangers and mash is said to be the thing many newly converted vegetarians miss, but now they need pine no longer.
▪ In fact, the collapse of the bud to a mash is a consequence of the egg laying.
▪ Tony Curtis wanted sausages, beans and mash and so he queued up with everyone else.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

MASH \MASH\, MASH \M*A*S*H\, n. (Mil.) An abbreviation for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, consisting of the equipment and personnel required to perform emergency operations on injured soldiers, located in tents near the front lines of combat; as, he worked in the 25th MASH.


MASH \MASH\, MASH \M*A*S*H\, n. (Mil.) An abbreviation for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, consisting of the equipment and personnel required to perform emergency operations on injured soldiers, located in tents near the front lines of combat; as, he worked in the 25th MASH.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"soft mixture," late Old English *masc (in masc-wyrt "mash-wort, infused malt"), from Proto-Germanic *maisk- (cognates: Swedish mäsk "grains for pigs," German Maisch "crushed grapes, infused malt," Old English meox "dung, filth"), from PIE *meik- "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Originally a word in brewing; general sense of "anything reduced to a soft pulpy consistency" is recorded from 1590s, as is the figurative sense "confused mixture, muddle." Short for mashed potatoes it is attested from 1904.


Old English mæscan, "to mix with hot water," from same root as mash (n.). Meaning "to beat into a soft mass" is mid-13c. Related: Mashed; mashing. For romantic sense, see masher.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A mesh Etymology 2

n. 1 (context uncountable English) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state. 2 In brewing, ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort. 3 mashed potatoes. 4 A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals. 5 (context obsolete English): A mess; trouble. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush; as, to mash apples in a mill, or potatoes with a pestle. Specifically (Brewing), to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort. 2 (context transitive English) To press down hard (on). 3 (context transitive southern US informal English) to press. 4 (context transitive UK English) To prepare a cup of tea (in a teapot), alternative to brew; used mainly in Northern England Etymology 3

n. 1 (context obsolete English) an infatuation, a crush, a fancy 2 (context obsolete English) a dandy, a masher 3 (context obsolete English) the object of one’s affections (qualifier: either sex) vb. to flirt, to make eyes, to make romantic advances

  1. v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon" [syn: squash, crush, squelch, squeeze]

  2. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander]

  3. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: grind, crunch, bray, comminute]

  1. n. a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing

  2. mixture of ground animal feeds


Mash, MASH, or M*A*S*H may refer to:

Mash (restaurant chain)

MASH ("Modern American Steak House") is a chain of high-end steakhouses based out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

MASH (game)

MASH is a two-player paper-and-pencil game, commonly played by preteens intended to predict one's future. The name is an abbreviation of "Mansion, Apartment, Shack/Street/Shed/Sewers, and House". The game can be expanded to "DMASH" (the D standing for Dome) or "MASHO" (O standing for outhouse) or "MASH-IT" (the I standing for igloo and the T for tent).

The game revolves around a set of headings or categories, such as, who player 1 will be married to, how many kids they will have, the car they will drive, what pets they will have, their job, and yearly income.

Regional variations of this game exist. In New Zealand, the game is called PRAM, an abbreviation of "Poor, Rich, Average, or Millionaire".

MASH (film)

MASH (stylized as M*A*S*H on the poster art) is a 1970 American satirical black comedy war film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is the only feature film in the M*A*S*H franchise and became one of the biggest films of the early 1970s for 20th Century Fox.

The film depicts a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War; the subtext is about the Vietnam War. It stars Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, and Elliott Gould, with Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, René Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Roger Bowen, Michael Murphy, and in his film debut, professional football player Fred Williamson.

The film won Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, later named Palme d'Or, at 1970 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Academy Film Archive preserved "M*A*S*H" in 2000. The film inspired the popular and critically acclaimed television series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 to 1983.

Usage examples of "mash".

Two, you take me to Ty and feed me Adeem on a plate with mashed potatoes and I let you live.

He was indefatigable when it came to crushing bitter almond seeds in the screw press or mashing musk pods or mincing dollops of grey, greasy ambergris with a chopping knife or grating violet roots and digesting the shavings in the finest alcohol.

Could Bex see me for what I was, she would not see a man, but a kind of colonial creature, a mash of life pressed into the niches and fault lines of existence like so much grit and lichen.

So I drug de man ober de side of de bote into the water, and mashed him down in the mud, an dat man never cum up any more.

At the dinner table, Pellam looked out over the spread of osso bucco, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean salad, broccoli.

Pellam looked out over the spread of osso bucco, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean salad, broccoli.

First the bowls were filled with the steaming cawl, and then the wooden platters were heaped with the pink slices of home-cured bacon, and mashed up cabbages.

She mashed down the left rudder pedal, sending the Devastator into a slow, counter-clockwise spin.

An Air Force duty officer brought Ebby a tray filled with warmed Spam and dehydrated mashed potatoes and offered him the use of a cot in a back room.

Garrett had lunch in there every day, often gazpacho and sausage and mash with two glasses of wine and one of mineral water, although in cold weather he had been known to order oxtail soup.

Barbicani, where the syllabus included small whole squid, crispy from the grill, black gnocchi under a profoundly pink sauce made from four fish and four herbs, and grilled sole with a sauce the waiter made at the table by mashing the head and skin of the fish with olive oil and a touch of garlic and then pressing everything in a strainer to extract the juices.

Our seating was scattered: I sat three rows behind Erin, mashed against the window by a bad-tempered fat woman who sprawled across all three seats, and Koko was out of sight, somewhere near the front.

Nok Lek bought food from a nearby house, curries and scented rices and salads of mashed tea wrapped in the leaves of a banana plant.

His hands were tied to the sides of the lounger, and his nose mashed up against a hanging lamp.

Add enough mashed potatoes to make the required quantity of stuffing, and season with salt, pepper, minced parsley, and melted butter.