Etymology
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smashing (adj.)

1833, "violently crushing to pieces," present-participle adjective from smash (v.). Meaning "pleasing, sensational" is from 1911. Related: Smashingly.

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Definitions of smashing
1
smashing (n.)
the act of breaking something into small pieces;
Synonyms: shattering
2
smashing (adj.)
very good;
you look simply smashing
Synonyms: bang-up / bully / corking / cracking / dandy / great / groovy / keen / neat / nifty / not bad / peachy / slap-up / swell / old
From wordnet.princeton.edu