Word of the DayThursday, April 03, 2014
\bih-DASH\ , verb;
to dash or spatter (something) all over: to bedash a salad with pepper.
to dash or strike against: windows bedashed with rain.
to demolish or ruin; obliterate: His dreams of glory were quickly bedashed.
And for twenty times made pause to sob and weep / That all the standers-by had wet their cheeks / Like trees bedash'd with rain-in that sad time / My manly eyes did scorn a humble tear.
-- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1606
Let my blood bedash my proper brow, for such a wrong.
-- Elizabeth Cary, Edited by Stephanie Hodgson-Wright, "The Tragedy of Mariam," Women's Writing of the Early Modern Period: 1588-1688, 2002
Bedash entered English in the mid-1500s. It is a combination of the prefix be-, which was used in Old English in the formation of verbs, and the root dash, meaning "to apply roughly."
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