smash-up

[ smash-uhp ]
/ ˈsmæʃˌʌp /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. smarty,
  2. smarty-pants,
  3. smash,
  4. smash hit,
  5. smash-and-grab,
  6. smashed,
  7. smasher,
  8. smashing,
  9. smashingly,
  10. smatch

Origin of smash-up

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

Origin of smash

1690–1700; perhaps blend of smack2 and mash1

Related formssmash·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See break.

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British Dictionary definitions for smash-up

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

smash

/ (smæʃ) /

verb

noun

adverb

with a smash
See also smash-up

Derived Formssmashable, adjective

Word Origin for smash

C18: probably from sm (ack ² + m) ash

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