smash (v.)

1759, "break to pieces," earlier "kick downstairs" (c. 1700), probably of imitative origin (compare smack (v.), mash (v.), crush (v.)). Meaning "act with crushing force" is from 1813; that of "strike violently" is from 1835. Tennis sense is from 1882. Smash-and-grab (adj.) is first attested 1927.

smash (n.)

1725, "hard blow," from smash (v.). Meaning "broken-up condition" is from 1798; that of "failure, financial collapse" is from 1839. Tennis sense is from 1882. Meaning "great success" is from 1923 (Variety magazine headline, Oct. 16, in reference to Broadway productions of "The Fool" and "The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly").

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Definitions of smash from WordNet
smash (v.)
hit hard;
He smashed a 3-run homer
Synonyms: nail / boom / blast
smash (v.)
break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over;
Synonyms: dash
smash (v.)
reduce to bankruptcy;
The slump in the financial markets smashed him
Synonyms: bankrupt / ruin / break
smash (v.)
hit violently;
She smashed her car against the guard rail
smash (v.)
humiliate or depress completely;
The death of her son smashed her
Synonyms: crush
smash (v.)
damage or destroy as if by violence;
Synonyms: bang up / smash up
smash (v.)
hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke;
smash (v.)
collide or strike violently and suddenly;
The motorcycle smashed into the guard rail
smash (v.)
overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful);
The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off
smash (v.)
break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow;
The window smashed
smash (n.)
a vigorous blow;
Synonyms: knock / bash / bang / belt
smash (n.)
a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles);
Synonyms: smash-up
smash (n.)
a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head;
Synonyms: overhead
smash (n.)
the act of colliding with something;
the fullback's smash into the defensive line
Synonyms: crash
smash (n.)
a conspicuous success;
Synonyms: hit / smasher / strike / bang
smash (adv.)
with a loud crash;
the car went smash through the fence
Synonyms: smashingly