- smash hit,
Origin of smasher
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 smasher
Charley says I 'm to go with him, pa; he 's about to try Smasher as a leader, and wants me, if anything goes wrong.Roland Cashel|Charles James Lever
And while young men in smasher hats fall over each other in the streets, the sober British troops look solidly on and wonder.On the Heels of De Wet|The Intelligence Officer
If you make it twelve and a half cents, you'll have a smasher.Life in the Clearings versus the Bush|Susanna Moodie
Burchester, too, has had a smasher; and I myself have not escaped.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
It frequently happens that a good dancer makes a ready “smasher.”The Old Pike|Thomas B. Searight
- 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").