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    make one’s mash/ have a mash on someone

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    ..when he gets among his kind he boasts of the mash he has made, and calls you a jolly little things.

    make one’s mash = conquer someone’s heart

    I certainly seemed to have a mash on her. (O. Henry)

    mash = an infatuation or act of flirtation


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    Last edited by vil; 29-Aug-2011 at 17:34.

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    Re: make one’s mash/ have a mash on someone

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    ..when he gets among his kind he boasts of the mash he has made, and calls you a jolly little things.

    make one’s mash = conquer someone’s heart

    I certainly seemed to have a mash on her. (O. Henry)

    mash = an infatuation or act of flirtation


    V.
    I'd say the first one is connected with whisky making. For the second one, I've never heard "mash" used in that way.

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    Re: make one’s mash/ have a mash on someone

    Hi bhaisahab ,

    Here is another probably unknown for you connotation of the verb in question:

    He is fond of mashing on to young and pretty women.

    mash = lure (attract, seduce), entice

    mash: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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