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    Question dash

    Hi everybody,

    "Several studies have dashed this hypothesis" ?

    What does "to dash" in this sentence mean? Can you replace it by another verb???

    Thank you!

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    Re: dash

    dashed= smashed, discredited, ruined

    To dash can mean to strike (something) violently against (something else):
    She dashed the mirror to pieces against the wall.
    It is also used figuratively:
    Her poor performance on the exam dashed her hopes of entering the program;
    or, as in your example, where the validity of the hypothesis was ruined by the results of the several studies.

    all best wishes,

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