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all to smash

Completely destroyed or ruined, either literally or figuratively. After the accident, my car was all to smash. Their company is all to smash now that the stock market has plummeted.
See also: all, smash

smash (something) to smithereens

To break or destroy something into tiny, fragmentary pieces. "Smithereens," first appearing in English in 1829 as "smiddereens," is likely derived from the Irish word "smidirín" or "smidiríní," meaning "fragment." The demolition crew brought in the wrecking ball, which smashed the house to smithereens in a matter of hours. The typhoon's gale-force winds have been smashing the village to smithereens over the last few days.
See also: smash, smithereens

smash the teapot

To resume drinking alcohol after a time of sobriety. The "teapot" here is likely a reference to the term "teetotaler"—one who does not drink alcohol. A: "But Paul's been sober for years. Has he really smashed the teapot?" B: "Yes! I saw him drunkenly stumbling out of the pub last night."
See also: smash, teapot

blow (something) to smithereens

To break or destroy something into tiny, fragmentary pieces. (Smithereens, first appearing in English in 1829 as "smiddereens," is likely derived from the Irish word "smidirín" or "smidiríní," meaning fragment.) The demolition crew blew the building to smithereens in a matter of seconds. The typhoon's gale-force winds have been blowing the village to smithereens over the last few days.
See also: blow, smithereens

smash hit

A huge, widespread success. Usually said of entertainment media, such as books, films, plays, songs, etc. After the smash hit of her first novel, Mary was under a lot of pressure for her second effort to be just as successful. The band had been slowly gaining popularity over the years, but it wasn't until they're smash hit in 1987 that they hit the mainstream.
See also: hit, smash

smash (one's) head in

To strike one in the head or the head with intense, violent force. The cops arrested the man after he threatened to smash their heads in. Where's the guy who insulted you? I'm gonna go smash his head in!
See also: head, smash

smash in (one's) head

To strike one in the head or the head with intense, violent force. The cops arrested the man after he threatened to smash in their heads. Where's the guy who insulted you? I'm gonna go smash in his head!
See also: head, smash

smash (one's) face in

To strike one in the face or the head with intense, violent force. The cops arrested the man after he threatened to smash their faces in. Where's the guy who insulted you? I'm gonna go smash his face in!
See also: face, smash

smash in (one's) face

To strike one in the face or the head with intense, violent force. The cops arrested the man after he threatened to smash in their faces. Where's the guy who insulted you? I'm gonna go smash in his face!
See also: face, smash

smash hit

a play, movie, musical, etc., that is a big success. Her first book was a smash hit. The second was a disaster. A smash hit doesn't always make people rich.
See also: hit, smash

smash into something

to crash into something; to bump or crash into something. Judy smashed into the coffee table and hurt her leg. The car smashed into the side of a bus and caused a lot of damage.
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smash out of something

to break [one's way] out of something. The prisoner smashed out of his cell and ran. The horse smashed out of its stable.
See also: of, out, smash

smash someone's face in

 
1. Fig. to crush someone's face. The accident smashed Harry's face in, and he had to have extensive surgery. The accident smashed in his face.
2. Inf. to strike someone in the face. You had better stop that or I will smash your face in. Max tried to smash in Lefty's face.
See also: face, smash

smash something in

to crush something inward; to make something collapse inward by striking it. Andy gave one good kick and smashed the box in. Liz smashed in the window.
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smash something up

to break something up; to destroy something. I hope the children don't smash any of the good china up if we use it tonight. The driver fell asleep and smashed up the car.
See also: smash, up

smash through something

to break [one's way] through some sort of barrier. The fleeing car smashed through the police barrier. Max got angry and smashed through the office door.
See also: smash, through

smash hit

An outstanding success, as in She was a smash hit in the role of the governess, or His first book was a smash hit but this one isn't doing well. [c. 1920]
See also: hit, smash

smash somebody’s ˈface/ˈhead in

(British English, informal) hit somebody very hard in the face/head: Give me the money or I’ll smash your head in.
See also: face, head, smash

a ˌsmash ˈhit

(informal) (of a record, play or film/movie) very popular and a great success: Still at number one, it’s The Rubber Band, with their smash hit, ‘Love me’.The actress Donna May has been in 15 Broadway smash hits.
See also: hit, smash

blow, smash, etc. something to smitheˈreens

(informal) destroy something completely by breaking it into small pieces: The bomb blew the car to smithereens.

smash

n. wine. (Streets. Because it is made from smashed grapes.) I got a bottle of smash in my car.
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