adjective smash·mouth \ˈsmash-ˌmau̇th\

Definition of smashmouth

  1. :  characterized by brute force without finesse smashmouth football

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Smashmouth crashed its way into the English language during the 1984 football season to describe the brutally hard-hitting play that is characteristic of the game. It has since been used to describe similar physicality in other contact sports, such as hockey and basketball, and has even forced its way out of the realm of sports into politics; we’ve been using it to describe hardball tactics in politics since the 1984 U.S. presidential election. However, this political application of smashmouth has yet to make it into the end zone. It occurs too rarely in English to merit its own sense in the dictionary.


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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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