smash

To smash something is to hit or throw it so hard that it breaks or is hurt. It's important to pay careful attention while you're driving so you don't smash into the car in front of you.

A running child can smash into her friend and knock her down, and an angry chef can smash a plate by throwing it on the floor. In the latter example, there's the additional meaning of "break into pieces." A smash can be a car accident, but it can also be a "great big success," like a TV series that starts slow but turns out to be a smash. This "hit" meaning dates from 1920s reviews of Broadway plays.

Definitions of smash
  1. verb
    hit violently
    “She smashed her car against the guard rail”
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    type of:
    hit, strike
    drive something violently into a location
  2. verb
    hit hard
    “He smashed a 3-run homer”
    synonyms: blast, boom, nail
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  3. verb
    collide or strike violently and suddenly
    “The motorcycle smashed into the guard rail”
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    type of:
    clash, collide
    crash together with violent impact
  4. verb
    break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
    Smash a plate”
    synonyms: dash
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    types:
    blast, knock down
    shatter as if by explosion
    type of:
    break
    destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  5. verb
    break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow
    “The window smashed
    Synonyms:
    dash
    break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
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    type of:
    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
  6. verb
    damage or destroy as if by violence
    synonyms: bang up, smash up
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    type of:
    damage
    inflict damage upon
  7. verb
    overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)
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    type of:
    demolish, destroy
    defeat soundly
  8. noun
    the act of colliding with something
    “the fullback's smash into the defensive line”
    synonyms: crash
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    types:
    impaction, impingement
    a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
    type of:
    hit, hitting, striking
    the act of contacting one thing with another
  9. noun
    a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)
    synonyms: smash-up
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    type of:
    collision
    an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object
  10. noun
    a vigorous blow
    synonyms: bang, bash, belt, knock
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    type of:
    blow, bump
    an impact (as from a collision)
  11. adverb
    with a loud crash
    “the car went smash through the fence”
    synonyms: smashingly
  12. verb
    hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
  13. noun
    a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
    synonyms: overhead
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    type of:
    return
    a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  14. verb
    humiliate or depress completely
    synonyms: crush, demolish
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    type of:
    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  15. verb
    reduce to bankruptcy
    “The slump in the financial markets smashed him”
    synonyms: bankrupt, break, ruin
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    type of:
    impoverish
    make poor
  16. noun
    a conspicuous success
    synonyms: bang, hit, smasher, strike
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    types:
    blockbuster, megahit, smash hit
    an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
    sleeper
    an unexpected hit
    type of:
    success
    an attainment that is successful
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