- 1 [with object] Violently break (something) into pieces: the thief smashed a window to get into the car gone are the days when he smashed up hotelsMore example sentences
- A crowd of youths ran riot on The Inch estate, engaging in running street battles, smashing windows and breaking into cars.
- Thieves had attempted to break through the front door of building before smashing a stained glass window.
- Barry takes out his frustration by breaking and smashing things or randomly bursting into tears.
- 1.1 [no object] Be violently broken into pieces; shatter: the glass ball smashed instantly on the pavementMore example sentences
- The mirror shattered instantly, smashing to the ground with a thunderous crash.
- The glass shattered as it smashed against the floorboards.
- Calissa fell to the floor, her glass of wine smashing into a hundred pieces.
- 1.2Violently knock down or crush inwards: soldiers smashed down doorsMore example sentences
- Twice in the past five years, in different parts of Britain, I have been in a gay pub when the window has been smashed in, on one occasion showering me and my drink with broken glass.
- When Gardaí returned to the vehicle, three of its windows had been smashed in with rocks.
- They then smashed down a shutter but were unable to gain access to the safe because it was time-locked and they were forced to leave empty-handed.
- 1.3Crash and severely damage (a vehicle): my Land Rover’s been smashed upMore example sentences
- Police and tax officials watched stunned as a white van man smashed up his vehicle on a York street rather than hand it over to road tax enforcers.
- Thousands of pounds of damage has been inflicted on her property - her car has been smashed up more than a dozen times.
- She says that the insurance inspector has evidence that all the times that he's smashed up the car over the last year haven't been accidents.
- 1.4Hit or attack (someone) very violently: Donald smashed him over the headMore example sentences
hit, strike, thump, punch, cuff, smack, thwack
- Lads were taking turns to give him a right going over, smashing him in the face with weapons and stamping on him.
- He was pretty horrible so I hope that I smashed him over the head with something heavy, grabbed my car keys and made a swift getaway, but you never know with dreams.
- A struggle ensued and he was smashed over the head with a revolver.
- 1.5Easily or comprehensively beat (a record): he smashed the course recordMore example sentences
- He started in the red and ran accordingly, smashing the course record despite carrying 62 kg.
- It had been a devastating blow: until that moment she had been more than five days ahead of schedule and on course to smash the record.
- The Midlander, who smashed the course record with a 61 in the first round, is attached to the club and his caddie, Roy Robinson, is a member of Hopwood.
- 1.6Completely defeat, destroy, or foil (something regarded as hostile or dangerous): a deliberate attempt to smash the trade union movementMore example sentences
- I know that a lot of people in Yorkshire will always blame Nottinghamshire for the outcome but the man who smashed the greatest union this country has ever seen was Arthur Scargill.
- The Howard government was involved in a conspiracy with stevedoring companies to smash the Maritime Union of Australia several years ago.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move so as to hit or collide with something with great force and impact: their plane smashed into a mountainsideMore example sentences
- Rain is slashing slantwise, mixing with spray from waves smashing into jetty walls.
- As he fell face-first his mouth smashed against the hard corner of the table, chipping a front tooth.
- As the waves smashed against the pillars of the floating barge, I noticed the driftwood that was totally at the mercy of the current.
- 2.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] (In sport) strike (the ball) or score (a goal, run, etc.) with great force: he smashed home the Tranmere winnerMore example sentences
- O'Neill bagged the first of his five goals when smashing the ball to the back of the Roanmore net with a fine effort after receiving a pass from Michael King and this goal came after nine minutes.
- The third goal was scored by Charlotte Bolan, who smashed the ball in after Nicola Rawlinson's shot had been blocked by a defender.
- Then Kahn makes a wonder save with his legs as Roberto Carlos's low cross is deflected to Ronaldo, who twists on a sixpence and smashes the ball towards the goal.
- 2.2 [with object] (In tennis, badminton, and similar sports) strike (the ball or shuttlecock) downwards with a hard overarm volley.More example sentences
- Woosnam is at the top of a sport that has changed enormously since he first played, a determined farmer's boy who loved to smash the ball as hard as he could.
- Someone passed me the ball, I jumped up as high as possible and smashed the ball as hard as I could.
- Lucas smashed his squash ball hard against the wall with his racket.
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- 1An act or sound of something smashing: he heard the smash of glassMore example sentences
- Shrugging Antonio started to walk by the room when he heard the smash of something that sounded like glass.
- Then, I heard the smash of someone breaking the small pane of glass next to the door.
- Miss Ul Haq said Syed put his hands up to protect himself, she heard a smash and Mr Derbsyhire ran into the pub.
- 1.1British A violent collision or impact between vehicles: a car smashMore example sentences
- If we had capsized we would have had to survive the impact of a car smash, get out, and then get to the boat.
- A woman lies trapped in an upturned station wagon, numb from the impact of a car smash.
- Police said the car was forced on to its side by the impact of the smash, but the driver made off when the vehicle fell back onto four wheels.
- 1.2A violent blow: a forearm smashMore example sentences
- So we may look forward once again to the forearm smash being deployed at the line-out by the master of that particular black art.
- The Duke took this as a good sign and attempted to walk around the Marvel once more and was met for his troubles with a forearm smash to the chest that almost knocked him off his feet.
- A forearm smash from Richard Morales earned him an instant red.
- 1.3A stroke in tennis, badminton, and similar sports in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit downwards with a hard overarm volley.More example sentences
- A smash in badminton is more like a punch in boxing than a smash in tennis.
- In tennis, there is the forehand, the backhand, the overhead smash and the drop volley, all with a different grip.
- Henman attacks Sanchez's serve from the outset and gets the first break of the match with a chip and charge, a deft volley and an impressive smash.
- 2 (also smash hit) • informal A very successful song, film, show, or performer: a box office smashMore example sentences
- The ad, for John Smith's bitter, sees Kay return to his table with a tray of drinks in a packed nightclub as the crooner performs his smash hit Release Me.
- When he auditioned he did not realise until later that the backing track he had recorded at the audition was the smash hit Lola.
- The smash hit disco film is to finish a 17-week run at Studio 1 and 2.
- 3A mixture of spirits (typically brandy) with flavoured water and ice.More example sentences
- Have a smash of the brandy before it's all gone.
- 4 • informal , • dated A bankruptcy or financial failure.More example sentences
- The consequence, as you might surmise, was an impressive series of financial smashes in my early twenties.
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go to smash
- • informal , • dated Be ruined or destroyed: he sees the community going to smashMore example sentences
- To paraphrase the poem, ‘When faith and reason clash, let reason go to smash!’
early 18th century (as a noun): probably imitative, representing a blend of words such as smack, smite with bash, mash, etc..