impressive or wonderful:
a smashing display.
crushing or devastating:
a smashing defeat.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
(informal, mainly Brit) excellent or first-rate; wonderful: we 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 shattering: he smashed the equipment, it smashed against the wall
(transitive) to hit forcefully and suddenly
(transitive) (tennis, squash, badminton) to hit (the ball) fast and powerfully, esp with an overhead stroke
(transitive) to defeat or wreck (persons, theories, etc)
(transitive) to make bankrupt
(intransitive) to collide violently; crash
(intransitive) often foll by up. to go bankrupt
(informal) smash someone’s face in, 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
adjective 1. impressive or wonderful: a smashing display. 2. crushing or devastating: a smashing defeat. adjective 1. (informal, mainly Brit) excellent or first-rate; wonderful: we had a smashing time smashing
adjective in sports, playing very aggressively; tending towards confrontation; also written smash-mouth
adjective See smashmouth smasher
- Smash sum