Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(give/have) (it) a bash

give it a bashhave a bash
Meaning(s)
1) attempt to do something
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    • I'm not sure if I can do it, but I'll give it a bash
  • Analysis
    When you 'give something a bash' or 'have a bash' at something it means to attempt something for the first time. This expression has the same meaning as 'give it a go' or 'give it a try'.  This is an informal phrase used in both professional and social contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My friend asked me if I wanted to play a game of tennis with her. I told her that I'd never played before, but would be happy to give it a bash and see how I get on.
    2. In the New Year, I'm going to have a bash at learning to code. I have always wanted to learn and now is a good time.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. As the IT specialist was not in the office that day, my boss asked me to have a bash at fixing the computer. I did give it a go, but without success.
    2. No one else in the team was keen to make the sales pitch so I said I wouldn't mind having a bash at it. I like a challenge.
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