smash-up

[ smash-uhp ]
/ ˈsmæʃˌʌp /

noun

a complete smash, especially a wreck of one or more vehicles.

Origin of smash-up

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase smash up

Definition for smash-up (2 of 2)

Origin of smash

1690–1700; perhaps blend of smack2 and mash1

OTHER WORDS FROM smash

smash·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for smash

1. See break.
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British Dictionary definitions for smash-up (1 of 2)

smash-up
/ informal /

noun

a bad collision, esp of cars

verb smash up

(tr, adverb) to damage to the point of complete destructionthey smashed the place up

British Dictionary definitions for smash-up (2 of 2)

smash
/ (smæʃ) /

verb

noun

adverb

with a smash
See also smash-up

Derived forms of smash

smashable, adjective

Word Origin for smash

C18: probably from sm (ack ² + m) ash
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