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.
- smash hit,
Origin of smash
Examples from the Web for smash
Sid Vicious is stomping all over Steve Jones, about to smash in his guitar (again).‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the end of the session, when we listened back to all we had laid down that day, I was sure I had a smash hit.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every aspiring DJ could smash and grab himself a mixer and some turntables.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment|Daniel Genis|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then there were those songs that were either too half-baked or half-hearted to even fool us into turning them into smash hits.Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Us From This Awful Musical Summer?|Kevin Fallon|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“2-4-6-8, smash the church and smash the state,” people shouted.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?|Jay Michaelson|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once he discovered that, he would discover also—where the smash would come.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
To originate a smash means more tasting than there is when there is no use in stewing more than has been put in there to stay.Geography and Plays|Gertrude Stein
And then, when the gruel is eaten up, smash the bowl on the ground.Foma Gordyeff|Maxim Gorky
Willing to take the heaviest blow, if only he might land as heavy a smash in return, Dan tore away at his foe.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
We have naught to smash his boat with, but we'll just take it along with us.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
- 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").