with a sudden, violent shattering:they were together for an instant, and then smash it was all gone
1an act or sound of something smashing:he heard the smash of glass British a violent collision or impact between vehicles:a car smash a violent blow:a forearm smash a stroke in tennis, badminton, and similar sports in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit downwards with a hard overarm volley. 2 (also smash hit) informal a very successful song, film, show, or performer:a box office smash 3a mixture of spirits (typically brandy) with flavoured water and ice.
, dated a bankruptcy or financial failure.
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 hotels [no object] be violently broken into pieces; shatter:the glass ball smashed instantly on the pavement violently knock down or crush inwards:soldiers smashed down doors crash and severely damage (a vehicle):my Land Rover’s been smashed up hit or attack (someone) very violently:Donald smashed him over the head easily or comprehensively beat (a record):he smashed the course record completely defeat, destroy, or foil (something regarded as hostile or dangerous):a deliberate attempt to smash the trade union movement [no object] informal
, dated (of a business) go bankrupt; fail financially: a firm that had smashed for so tremendous an amount
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 mountainside [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 winner [with object] (in tennis, badminton, and similar sports) strike (the ball or shuttlecock) downwards with a hard overarm volley.