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What does smash hit mean?
A smash hit is a wildly successful piece of media or entertainment, especially songs, movies and TV, and musicals. It’s broadened to refer to anything that’s very popular.
How is smash hit pronounced?
[ smash hit ]
Where does smash hit come from?
We’ve been using the word hit to describe a success of some kind since the early 1800s. Hit, here, nods to hitting the mark, or succeeding at a specific task. The word is especially associated with hit records or TV shows.
Since at least the 1900s, smash has been used with various senses of “excellence” or a “great sense.” Think: You look absolutely smashing!
The two words combine their power in the phrase smash hit, found as early as an October 1923 Variety headline about two, big-selling Broadway productions.
By the 1940s, the phrase had taken off in reviews of plays, songs, musicals, and books in publications from Life to Billboard. Since then, seldom a headline hasn’t called the 1990–2000s Harry Potter books or the 2015 Hamilton musical smash hits.
How is smash hit used in real life?
Smash hit is still widely used in the entertainment industry in headlines about and reviews of standout songs, movies, musicals, books, or shows. Industry publications and fans alike use the phrase, almost to the point some might consider it clichéd.
— World Music Awards (@WORLDMUSICAWARD) July 12, 2018
As the phrase has aged, smash hit has become common outside of just entertainment. Anything from jewelry and foods (remember the Cronut?) to new smartphones and online video series can be smash hits as long as they considered a big success—has gone viral.
Korean student's guide to London slang is web smash hit https://t.co/6gVF6051Nb
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) January 12, 2017
More examples of smash hit:
Lifetime movie The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel has proven a smash hit for the network—their biggest film debut in four years in fact— as 2.7 million watched it on its April 11th premiere, and it currently boasts 13.4 million total views total.
—Antonia Blyth, Deadline, May 2020
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for smash hit
Your first introduction to Jason Derulo may have been through smash hits like “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head,” but it wasn’t until the advent of TikTok that his career took another life.
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
I was friends with her drummer from Sleater-Kinney, and I met Carrie, and we just hit it off.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We hit it off amazingly well, and started a real friendship.
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.
Many of us had been hit by the balls, but a bruise or a graze of the skin was the worst consequence that had ensued.
He shut his fist and hit Butterface a weak but well intended right-hander on the nose.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
One of the men seemed pretty bad, being hit in the head and in the body.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The moment the bait was touched, down would come the heavy timber—smash—on the tiger's head.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
He could hit upon no plan, and he couldn't muster confidence to turn in.
Idioms and Phrases with smash hit
An outstanding success, as in She was a smash hit in the role of the governess, or His first book was a smash hit but this one isn't doing well. [c. 1920]