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To MASH. v. a. [mascher, French.] 1. To beat into a confused mass. The pressure would be intolerable, and they would even mash themselves and all things else apieces. More.To break the claw of a lobster, clap it between the sides of the dining-room door: thus you can do it without mashing the meat. Swift's Directions to the Footman. 2. To mix malt and water together in brewing. What was put in the first mashing-tub draw off, as also that liquor in the second mashing-tub. Mortimer's Husbandry.
Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece

James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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