- smash hit,
Origin of smash-up
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of smash
Examples from the Web for smash-up
Which means that they do a smash-up job of planning that extra special, over-the-top anniversary or birthday extravaganza.The Problem With Libertarian Women is Not Libertarian Men|Megan McArdle|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I'm blessed if that whole gang didn't go as mum as a lot of railroad hands after a smash-up.Shorty McCabe|Sewell Ford
The Kid confessed to clear his pal who was only slightly injured in the smash-up.The Oakdale Affair|Edgar Rice Burroughs
"Skid, collision, run-over, smash-up—" Merry began helpfully.The Bachelors|William Dana Orcutt
verb smash up
- something having popular success
- (in combination)smash-hit
Word Origin for smash
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").