Origin of smashed
- to break to pieces with violence and often with a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall, or dashing against something; shatter: He smashed the vase against the wall.
- to defeat, disappoint, or disillusion utterly.
- to hit or strike (someone or something) with force.
- to overthrow or destroy something considered as harmful: They smashed the drug racket.
- to ruin financially: The depression smashed him.
- Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis. to hit (a ball or shuttlecock) overhead or overhand with a hard downward motion, causing the shot to move very swiftly and to strike the ground or table usually at a sharp angle.
- to break to pieces from a violent blow or collision.
- to dash with a shattering or crushing force or with great violence; crash (usually followed by against, into, through, etc.).
- to become financially ruined or bankrupt (often followed by up).
- to flatten and compress the signatures of a book in a press before binding.
- the act or an instance of smashing or shattering.
- the sound of such a smash.
- a blow, hit, or slap.
- a destructive collision, as between automobiles.
- a smashed or shattered condition.
- a process or state of collapse, ruin, or destruction: the total smash that another war would surely bring.
- financial failure or ruin.
- Informal. smash hit.
- a drink made of brandy, or other liquor, with sugar, water, mint, and ice.
- Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis.
- an overhead or overhand stroke in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit with a hard, downward motion causing it to move very swiftly and to strike the ground or table usually at a sharp angle.
- a ball hit with such a stroke.
- of, relating to, or constituting a great success: That composer has written many smash tunes.
Origin of smash
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Examples from the Web for smashed
Sensing his opportunity, Joey Biden pounced: “I walked up behind him and smashed his head next to the counter.”Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
Ten minutes after taking the pills, she reports that she “was really stoned, I mean, smashed.”I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
The rioters set fires, tipped cars, smashed windows, slashed tires, and started fistfights.FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?
October 27, 2014
"I saw kids throwing bottles right at the officers and they smashed at their feet," Taylor said.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
A wooden chair whizzed past my left ear and smashed into the steel door like a gunshot.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
And the hands of the other grappled at his wrists, smashed into his face.Way of the Lawless
Raising his arm for a fresh stroke, his wrist was smashed by a bullet.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Now and then a house was smashed in and often the shells found victims.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Smashed by a cask of sugar, and six poor children—oh dear, dear, dear!'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
There may be magnificence in the smashing; but the thing is smashed.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- completely intoxicated with alcohol
- noticeably under the influence of a drug
- to break into pieces violently and usually noisily
- (when intr, foll by against, through, into, etc) to throw or crash (against) vigorously, causing shatteringhe smashed the equipment; it smashed against the wall
- (tr) to hit forcefully and suddenly
- (tr) tennis squash badminton to hit (the ball) fast and powerfully, esp with an overhead stroke
- (tr) to defeat or wreck (persons, theories, etc)
- (tr) to make bankrupt
- (intr) to collide violently; crash
- (intr often foll by up) to go bankrupt
- smash someone's face in informal to beat someone severely
- an act, instance, or sound of smashing or the state of being smashed
- a violent collision, esp of vehicles
- a total failure or collapse, as of a business
- tennis squash badminton a fast and powerful overhead stroke
- something having popular success
- (in combination)smash-hit
- slang loose change; coins
- with a smash
Word Origin and History for smashed
1819, "crushed," past participle adjective from smash (v.). Slang meaning "drunk" is from 1962.
1759, "break to pieces," earlier "kick downstairs" (c.1700), probably of imitative origin (cf. smack (v.), mash (v.), crush (v.)). Meaning "act with crushing force" is from 1813; that of "strike violently" is from 1835. Tennis sense is from 1882. Smash-and-grab (adj.) is first attested 1927.
1725, "hard blow," from smash (v.). Meaning "broken-up condition" is from 1798; that of "failure, financial collapse" is from 1839. Tennis sense is from 1882. Meaning "great success" is from 1923 ("Variety" headline, Oct. 16, in reference to Broadway productions of "The Fool" and "The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly").