smash·​ing | \ˈsma-shiŋ \

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 \ adverb

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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 Although the Ariane 1 booster’s maiden flight on Christmas Eve 1979 went smoothly, the rocket did not prove a smashing success. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Post Malone’s second album, beerbongs & bentleys, makes a smashing debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, scoring both the artist’s first No. 1, the year’s biggest debut and a record-breaking streaming week for the set. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone's 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' Breaks Streaming Record, Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 6 May 2018 Williams had a smashing debut for the Tigers last year and Pinales is one of the league’s top players. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baseball preview: Area conference previews," 10 Apr. 2018 Kemp's return to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a smashing success. Jay Cohen,, "Mike Trout leads stellar AL outfield for All-Star Game," 9 July 2018 Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for her smashing performance as Carole King in Beautiful, brings a trancelike mystery and sadness to Julie Jordan, as befits an unknowable character. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 The debut race at Gateway Motorsports Park -- just outside of St. Louis -- was a smashing success with a capacity crowd, an electric atmosphere and a quality race. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part III: What's still to come," 17 June 2018 The smashing success of the show House Hunters, which debuted later in 1999, ushered in the network’s reality era. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 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

: very good or impressive

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