smash·​ing | \ ˈsma-shiŋ How to pronounce smashing (audio) \

Definition of smashing

1 : that smashes : crushing a smashing defeat
2 : extraordinarily impressive or effective a smashing performance

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Other Words from smashing

smashingly \ ˈsma-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce smashingly (audio) \ adverb

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Because Trae Young’s rookie season was a smashing success and the Hawks have identified key pieces of their growing nucleus. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein’s search for ‘small victories’ that will define the season -- Chris Fedor," 3 July 2019 Another factor that didn’t help was the smashing success of Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the second highest-grossing film of all time. Maria Pasquini,, "Dark Phoenix Director Takes Blame for X-Men Movie Bombing at the Box Office: ‘That’s on Me’," 17 June 2019 But Perez started a rehab assignment at Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Sunday and is off to a smashing start. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Watch Royals' Salvador Perez hit a home run in first game of his rehab assignment | The Kansas City Star," 16 Apr. 2018 But hey, February is off to a smashing start, if LeBron to the Warriors rumors are your jam. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers happy January is over, but February is already stressful," 1 Feb. 2018 This, along with the smashing success of Wonder Woman, should put an end to any doubts that female superheroes can't sell at the box office. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Broke Box Office Records With a $455 Million Opening Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 Viewers of this smashing series may well take to heart the aforementioned flood of goodbyes and the sense of a good thing over that descends at the end of season 5. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Endeavour’ Review: Hope Meets Uncertainty," 26 July 2018 Ratings-wise, Whittaker's incarnation has been a smashing success. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 From their perspective, the Trump administration has been a series of smashing successes on their core issues. Dylan Scott, Vox, "White evangelicals turned out for the GOP in big numbers again," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of smashing

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of smashing was in 1825

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English Language Learners Definition of smashing

old-fashioned : very good or impressive

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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