From a blend of smack + mash. Compare Swedish smask (“a light explosion, crack, report”), dialectal Swedish smaska (“to smack, kiss”), Danish smaske (“to smack with the lips”), Low German smaksen (“to smack with the lips, kiss”).
smash (plural smashes)
- The sound of a violent impact; a violent striking together.
- Synonym: crash
- I could hear the screech of the brakes, then the horrible smash of cars colliding.
- (Britain, colloquial) A traffic collision.
- Synonym: crash
- The driver and two passengers were badly injured in the smash.
- (colloquial) Something very successful or popular (as music, food, fashion, etc).
- 2012 November 15, Tom Lamont, “How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world”, in The Daily Telegraph:
- […] Mumford & Sons – prospering British folk band, in the middle of a long tour of Australia, the US and the UK, their newly released album Babel a smash on all fronts – wander to centre stage.
- 2019 May 1, Ginaluca Russo, “Taylor Swift Stuns In a Periwinkle Ruffle Mini Dress on the Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet”, in Teen Vogue:
- All together, this look is a smash in our books.
- (tennis) A very hard overhead shot hit sharply downward.
- A smash may not be as pretty as a good half volley, but it can still win points.
- (colloquial, archaic) A bankruptcy.
- 1845, Basil Montagu, Edward Erastus Deacon, John Peter De Gex, Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy:
- Supposing a man has for the space of a month carried on trade in a showy shop in Cheapside, and then comes a smash, — is he not to be held a trader within the bankrupt law, because no one can swear that he has traded for four months?
- (colloquial, archaic) A disaster; a bad situation.
- 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 558204586:
- “There’s nowhere else to go to now, for the people at the Cripples are all in custody, and the bar of the ken—I went up there and see it with my own eyes—is filled with traps.”
“This is a smash,” observed Toby, biting his lips. “There’s more than one will go with this.”
- A kind of julep cocktail containing chunks of fresh fruit that can be eaten after finishing the drink.
- (aviation, informal) Airspeed; dynamic pressure.
- 2008, Tom Clancy; Chuck Horner, Every Man A Tiger:
- Then, for Horner's red team, it became just a matter of gaining sufficient smash (airspeed) to convert on them and film them with gun cameras.
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- (transitive) To break (something brittle) violently.
- The demolition team smashed the buildings to rubble.
- The flying rock smashed the window to pieces.
- 1895 May 7, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, chapter X, in The Time Machine: An Invention, New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt and Company, OCLC 4701980:
- Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing. Yet oddly enough I found here a far more unlikely substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that, by chance, I supposed had been really hermetically sealed. I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable.
- 2021 December 29, Dominique Louis, “Causal analysis: crashworthiness at Sandilands”, in RAIL, number 947, page 33:
- We also found that the only emergency egress from the tram was by smashing the front or rear windscreens, and that emergency lighting had failed when the tram overturned.
- (intransitive) To be destroyed by being smashed.
- The crockery smashed as it hit the floor.
- (transitive) To hit extremely hard.
- He smashed his head against the table.
- Bonds smashed the ball 467 feet, the second longest home run in the history of the park.
- (transitive, figuratively) To ruin completely and suddenly.
- The news smashed any hopes of a reunion.
- (transitive, figuratively) To defeat overwhelmingly; to gain a comprehensive success over.
- The Indians smashed the Yankees 22-0.
- I really smashed that English exam.
- (transitive, US) To deform through continuous pressure.
- I slowly smashed the modeling clay flat with the palm of my hand.
- 2016, Doreen Virtue, Jenny Ross, Veggie Mama (page 154)
- Using a fork, smash the avocado with all the remaining ingredients.
- (transitive, slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with.
- Would you smash her?
- (break violently): dash, shatter
- (be destroyed by being smashed): shatter
- (hit extremely hard): pound, thump, wallop; see also Thesaurus:hit
- (ruin completely and suddenly): dash
- (defeat overwhelmingly): slaughter, trounce
- (have sexual intercourse with): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
- → Catalan: esmaixar
smash m (plural smashs)
- “smash”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
smash m (invariable)
- smash (tennis shot)
smash m (plural smashes)
smash n (plural smash-uri)
- Alternative form of