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.

Primary Meanings of smash

1.
vnadv
hit violently
the act of colliding with something
with a loud crash
2.
vn
hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
3.
v
humiliate or depress completely
4.
v
reduce to bankruptcy
5.
n
a conspicuous success
Full Definitions of smash
1

v hit violently

“She smashed her car against the guard rail”
Type of:
hit, strike
drive something violently into a location

v hit hard

“He smashed a 3-run homer”
Synonyms:
blast, boom, nail
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v collide or strike violently and suddenly

“The motorcycle smashed into the guard rail”
Type of:
clash, collide
crash together with violent impact

v break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

Smash a plate”
Synonyms:
dash
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

v break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow

“The window smashed
Synonyms:
dash
break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
Type of:
break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
become separated into pieces or fragments

v damage or destroy as if by violence

Synonyms:
bang up, smash up
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

v overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)

“The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off”
Type of:
demolish, destroy
defeat soundly

n the act of colliding with something

“the fullback's smash into the defensive line”
Synonyms:
crash
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

n a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)

Synonyms:
smash-up
Type of:
collision
an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object

n a vigorous blow

Synonyms:
bang, bash, belt, knock
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

adv with a loud crash

“the car went smash through the fence”
Synonyms:
smashingly
2

v hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

n a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head

Synonyms:
overhead
Type of:
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
3

v humiliate or depress completely

“The death of her son smashed her”
Synonyms:
crush, demolish
Type of:
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
4

v reduce to bankruptcy

“The slump in the financial markets smashed him”
Synonyms:
bankrupt, break, ruin
Type of:
impoverish
make poor
5

n a conspicuous success

Synonyms:
bang, hit, smasher, strike
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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