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mash mosh pit
A "March Up", often used in ye olde England in a sentence "March Up The Town" ...meaning to either protest en masse against the political system, or, later to engage in hooliganism of many kinds....got appropriated and Patois-ized into "MASH up de town" by the Caribbean blacks who were emigrating and traveling back and forth to the UK, and that's how "gon' mash up de town" got into the lexicon of reggae/ska lyrics...and they pretty much used it in the same way, protest, gang action, general going out en masse with a posse to effect some sort of group "excitement" (Brixton, Islington, etc) which might also include some dancing...the proto punks of the UK as we already know (like the Clash etc.) were huge fans of reggae and ska, and appropriated it in it's shortened form "mash", in some cases maintaining it's meaning of political or social protest, but that bled over into the new mass-dancing and energy of the punk-rock movement.. but the English meets Cockney meets West Indian meets Jamaican accent certainly sounds way more like "mosh", and that's the way the Cali and NY punk kids in their respective language-challenged ears heard and re-appropriated it for further redefining as a way to describe THEIR en-masse energetic actions, specifically, in the Pit (remember when it used to be SLAM DANCING? I didn't think so). But in doing so, historically-revised it into something never or rarely thought of as BLACK in origin (indeed, I bet most of the denizens of the world of the modern American MOSH PIT would be loathe to incorporate little if any Africanism into their mostly white pursuit)... especially white-supremacist Skinhead types, though they might, in their ass-backwards way of "white-i-fying" everything, hearken back to the days of yore and say that the blacks who came to England were the one's who really modified it's original meaning. I wonder if in their urge to be ultra-correct, in a WHITE way, would start calling a Mosh pit a MARCH PIT! Unfortunately, most interesting slang that has been kicking around and morphing for centuries, comes to a sudden and boring, dumb-ass demise at the hands of young, white Americans.
"We's gonna march up the town, TOMMY"

"Mi g'wan mash up de town wit me mon WINSTON"

"DEREK...it's a mash up...oi!"

"isn't that JASON in the mosh pit?"
by jesco December 01, 2005
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To mosh: A way of expressing yourself at an mental rock/punk concert. Almost always done in a "pit" with extremely cool people who you don't even know but they'll look out for you! You get pushed around, shoved, you fall on your ass but it's all in the spirit and you have a f*ckin great time!!!
A concert isn't a concert without getting in a pit!!!
by Rock Chick November 28, 2004
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2.
Feel the bodies pulsing all around
Polite violence enticed by sound

A living mass of mindless pain
Shoved out only to push in again

Lost in the moment, forget who you are
Lost in the music, hear only the guitar

Bass line drumming in your ears so loud
See the vibrations more then you hear the sound

Bash and clang of the drums echoes in your mind
Give in to the violent motions you’re sure you can find

Kick, push, punch, scream, and shove
An unbridled expression of hate and love

Move with the crowd that surrounds
Shoved down towards the shaking ground

Groans of joy escape a smiling face
Hauled back up to keep with the pace

Sweat and blood mixed and shared
The gift of being unprepared

A moan escapes from exhausted lips
The crowd freezes and the mood dips

Limping away with a scream for the band
You just moshed, and you can barely stand
1. I moshed at Don't Pet The Bunny's last show and it was fucking amazing!

2. I got knocked down in the middle of the pit and I got the shit kicked out of me. Kick ass!
by Tethril February 24, 2005
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the pushing and shoving/punching done during heavy metal, rock, and punk music. An amazing way to relive stress and/or anger.
1. Dude, my bitch left me, put on some Killswitch Engage and lets mosh.
2. Dude i broke my nose in the pits yesterday. IT WAS AWSOME!
by Mike w February 17, 2004
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A form of enjoyment at any decent show, however, the best pits are at punk and metal shows, where they actually get some good moshing and don't just jump up and down like idiots at a Fall Out Boy concert. A good mosh pit is an excellent way to let go of all the energy and tension you get at show. In a mosh pit, the participants ram into each other and use their knees, elbows and shoulders to shove and strike. It is considered extremley. important in a mosh pit to pick up anyone that has fallen because the given person could literally die from suffocation or getting trampled. In really good mosh pits, you can be rendered unconcious. People outside of the subcultures that enjoy mosh pits find it scary and unappealing, but they won't ever know the happiness of a good pit.
The mosh pit at the Aus Rotten show was amazing.
by Raji Kanalune June 14, 2006
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Basically, a form of dancing which is popular in concerts usually involving punk or metal music. It is an extremely aggressive dance, which is based mainly on pushing, shoving and punching. Although moshing is a very aggressive activity, it is considered paramount in all mosh pits to look after one another. Most people enjoy moshing because of its ability to relieve anger or tension in a safe and healthy way, as well as its ability to allow oneself to obtain a feeling of comradery, which encompasses all those who add whatever they can to the pit.
"That pit at the Dungeon last night was awesome! We were moshing all night, man!"
by James Y. June 26, 2006
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the word originated in New York in the early 80s. The previous word for the dance was "slam". The origin is probably Yiddish, as is "mish-mosh" - something all mixed up. It was a specific New York Hardcore variation on slamming which went in a circle (usually counter-clockwise with the stage as 12:00). There was a variation to slower, chuggy music called the creepy-crawly. It may have been Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law) himself who coined the word
Crucial Mosh, New York style!
by Chief Hanson September 24, 2004
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Moment of Spontaneous Homosexuality
Wow, you're really moshing it right now by not hitting on that girl you like.
by Ryan MCL June 08, 2005
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