In the street men pass him by without recognition, and in hotels private swashbucklers in smasher hats literally hustle him.
But with regard to smasher Mike the newspapers were at a loss.
You must not judge us by what you saw in Piccadilly, and while you are still smarting from that smasher on your eye.
There they go, all together; and smasher, how neatly he carries himself!
The villain had the perishing nerve to accost her, jauntily touching the smasher hat.
In all of them, except the last, I was a maker, not a smasher.
Charley says I 'm to go with him, pa; he 's about to try smasher as a leader, and wants me, if anything goes wrong.
And now she was discovering what a disorganizer love is, what an anarch among plans, what a smasher of china.
I'm goin' to have a smasher of a party in the fall, and Jerrie'll be just the one to draw.
The lad on him had instructions to come along at top speed, and was nothing loath; he knew his mount was a smasher over a mile.
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").
Something remarkably impressive and successful: I thought the book was a smasher/ sequel to 1994's surprise smasheroo (entry form 1800+, variant 1940s+)