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

Examples of smashing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program, in many respects, has been a smashing success. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Car dealership owned by Texas Rep. Roger Williams received loan through coronavirus relief fund for small businesses," 1 May 2020 The virtual draft, most of which was conducted by streaming video from more than 200 locales, was a smashing success. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "For the Chargers and Rams, the NFL’s first virtual draft was a game changer," 27 Apr. 2020 Cook Out’s soft opening Wednesday was a smashing success. USA TODAY, "Fast food jam, virtual Derby, mask seizures: News from around our 50 states," 24 Apr. 2020 The Saturday Night Seder was a smashing success, with more than 1 million people watching the initial stream and over $2.3 million raised for the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "This Saturday Night Seder performance of 'When You Believe' makes us believe in miracles," 13 Apr. 2020 In 2017, the company announced a new Bronco for model year 2021, and so far the rollout has been a smashing success. Andrew Moseman, Fortune, "When reinventing a classic car name works—and why it fails," 7 Apr. 2020 Maybe Kelly would have been a smashing success in the Swamp, and whomever UCLA moved onto in its search would have won over Westwood. Los Angeles Times, "Ranking the college football coaching class of 2018: the good, the bad and the ugly," 7 Oct. 2019 For years, drug stash house stings were considered a smashing success, touted as a law enforcement tool to remove dangerous criminals from the streets. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: The lasting impact of the widely criticized stash house stings, fighting back against condo deconversions and other things to know about to start your day," 7 Oct. 2019 Longtime football coach Todd Berry, who was most recently at Louisiana-Monroe, has spoken with enough college administrators and coaches to know that the new redshirt rule implemented last year has been a smashing success. Ross Dellenger,, "D'Eriq King's Unprecedented Decision Offers Unique Twist to Redshirt Rule," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of smashing

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Smashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smashing

old-fashioned : very good or impressive

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