- impressive or wonderful: a smashing display.
- crushing or devastating: a smashing defeat.
Origin of smashing
- to break to pieces with violence and often with a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall, or dashing against something; shatter: He smashed the vase against the wall.
- to defeat, disappoint, or disillusion utterly.
- to hit or strike (someone or something) with force.
- to overthrow or destroy something considered as harmful: They smashed the drug racket.
- to ruin financially: The depression smashed him.
- Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis. to hit (a ball or shuttlecock) overhead or overhand with a hard downward motion, causing the shot to move very swiftly and to strike the ground or table usually at a sharp angle.
- to break to pieces from a violent blow or collision.
- to dash with a shattering or crushing force or with great violence; crash (usually followed by against, into, through, etc.).
- to become financially ruined or bankrupt (often followed by up).
- to flatten and compress the signatures of a book in a press before binding.
- the act or an instance of smashing or shattering.
- the sound of such a smash.
- a blow, hit, or slap.
- a destructive collision, as between automobiles.
- a smashed or shattered condition.
- a process or state of collapse, ruin, or destruction: the total smash that another war would surely bring.
- financial failure or ruin.
- Informal. smash hit.
- a drink made of brandy, or other liquor, with sugar, water, mint, and ice.
- Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis.
- 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.
- of, relating to, or constituting a great success: That composer has written many smash tunes.
Origin of smash
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Examples from the Web for smashing
Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
When I was growing up they called Green Day and Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins “alternative pop.”The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer
November 14, 2014
Those who claim to speak for a vengeful Allah take great delight in smashing idols wherever and whenever they can get to them.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
This weekend should have been a smashing success for Johnny Depp.Why Are All of Johnny Depp’s Movies Bombing at the Box Office?
April 21, 2014
Twenty-five years after smashing the music business, Krist Novoselic would like to do the same to special interests.Nirvana’s Bassist Wants to Go Grunge on Government
April 14, 2014
The shells and the grape and the canister and the bullets are smashing through them.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
There may be magnificence in the smashing; but the thing is smashed.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
If it comes to smashing in the door he will strike down several of our men.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
There was a grinding, smashing sound, and the car lost speed.
There was a smashing of glass as it hit the lantern, and the road was plunged in darkness.
- informal, mainly British excellent or first-rate; wonderfulwe had a smashing time
- to break into pieces violently and usually noisily
- (when intr, foll by against, through, into, etc) to throw or crash (against) vigorously, causing shatteringhe smashed the equipment; it smashed against the wall
- (tr) to hit forcefully and suddenly
- (tr) tennis squash badminton to hit (the ball) fast and powerfully, esp with an overhead stroke
- (tr) to defeat or wreck (persons, theories, etc)
- (tr) to make bankrupt
- (intr) to collide violently; crash
- (intr often foll by up) to go bankrupt
- smash someone's face in informal to beat someone severely
- an act, instance, or sound of smashing or the state of being smashed
- a violent collision, esp of vehicles
- a total failure or collapse, as of a business
- tennis squash badminton a fast and powerful overhead stroke
- something having popular success
- (in combination)smash-hit
- slang loose change; coins
- with a smash
Word Origin and History for smashing
1833, "violently crushing to pieces," present participle adjective from smash (v.). Meaning "pleasing, sensational" is from 1911. Related: Smashingly.
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").