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bosh (bosh) noun, interjection

Nonsense.

[From Turkish bos (empty). The term was popularized in English by its use in the novels of James J. Morier (1780-1849).]

noun

The lower sloping part of a blast furnace, between hearth and stack.

[Apparently from German.]

See more usage examples of bosh in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"'I was a flop in movies,' Mary Martin once told me. Bosh! She was rewriting history. Martin made a dozen Hollywood musicals, all successful, before decamping to Broadway fame."
Jim Bawden; Very Special; Toronto Star (Canada); Sep 25, 1993.

"The Advertising Standards Authority say it's OK to call Germans 'Krauts'. The Mirror disagrees and will not be using this obviously offensive term to describe our German friends."
Talking Bosh; The Mirror (London, UK); Oct 24, 2001.

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