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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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 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

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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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