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Difference between Have a dash at something and Make a dash at something

have a dash at something—(coll.) make an attempt to do smth.:

  • He decided to have a dash at surgical intervention and risk the consequences.

make a dash at something

1. = have a dash at something:

  • It was his habit, when traveling in any foreign country, to make a dash at French, even if the people understood English.

2. make a sudden vigorous assault or endeavor:

  • Allen drew up his men and announced his intention to make a dash at the fort without waiting for more force.