I’ve often wondered where the phrase…”to make a hash of things” originated.
Here is the skinny on it:
2. a. A jumble; a hodgepodge.
b. Informal- A mess: “made a hash” of the project.
3. A reworking or restatement of already familiar material.
transitive verb (hashed, hash·ing, hash·es)
1. To chop into pieces; mince.
2. Informal- To make a mess of; mangle.
3. Informal- To discuss carefully; review: hash over future plans; hash out a solution.
Idiom: settle (someone’s) hash
Slang for “to silence or subdue.”
Etymology-Variant of Middle English hache; from Old French, past participle of hacher, hachier, to chop up; from hache, ax, of Germanic origin; see hatchet.