- smash hit,
Origin of smashing
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 smashing
Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?
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|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who claim to speak for a vengeful Allah take great delight in smashing idols wherever and whenever they can get to them.
This weekend should have been a smashing success for Johnny Depp.Why Are All of Johnny Depp’s Movies Bombing at the Box Office?|Tricia Romano|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Olivia Nuzzi|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He swung it about him, smashing everything in the room which could be smashed.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
A courier came in from Gen. Kautz's cavalry, then smashing things out beyond Petersburg, bringing encouraging news.A Boy Trooper With Sheridan|Stanton P. Allen
Cockles' hands dropped momentarily, and Keeks, whipping in a smashing right uppercut, had his man down and out.
Men of every regiment filled stellar rôles in this smashing advance.
"Every gibber's got an opal heart," remarked George, smashing a large boulder to fragments.In Search of El Dorado|Alexander MacDonald
- something having popular success
- (in combination)smash-hit
Word Origin for smash
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").