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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

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 in

1. To cause something to crush, crumple, or collapse by striking it or exerting a lot of force on it. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "in." The demolition crew smashed in the house with a wrecking ball. Stop standing on the box like that, or you'll end up smashing it in!
2. To strike or collide with someone in a particular body part with great, violent force. A noun or pronoun is used between "smash" and "in" to indicate who is being hit. She lobbed a brick over the wall, smashing a man on the other side in the face. The boxer smashed her opponent in the ribs with a devastating left hook.
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smash into (someone or something)

1. To collide into someone or something with great, violent force. The poor kid was racing around the house and smashed into the coffee table at full speed. A cyclist smashed into me on the way to work this morning. I think I may have a cracked rib!
2. To cause someone or something to collide into someone or something with great, violent force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "smash" and "into." The driver lost control of the vehicle and smashed it into the side of a building. The professional wrestler picked up his opponent and smashed him into the mat.
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smash out of (something or some place)

To escape from something or some place by breaking through some barrier with great, violent force. The bear became enraged and smashed out of its holding pen. The suspect smashed out of the garage in a white SUV.
See also: of, out, smash

smash through (something)

1. To collide with and break through something with great, violent force. The suspect smashed through the police barrier in a stolen SUV. I nearly lost my life from fright when a bird came smashing through our living room window.
2. To cause someone or something to collide with and break through something with great, violent force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "smash" and "through." Someone smashed a rock through my windscreen while we were in the movie theater! The pro wrestler picked up his opponent and smashed him through the wooden table on the ground outside the ring.
See also: smash, through

smash up

1. To break something into small pieces with great, violent force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smash" and "up." My father went on a rampage around the house, smashing up anything he could get his hands on. The disgruntled ex-employee stole a photocopier from the office on his last day at work and smashed it up with a baseball bat in a field beside the office.
2. To cause a lot of damage or destruction to something or within some place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smash" and "up." He was arrested for smashing up a local bar after getting into an argument with its owner. Some punks came around and smashed my car up during the night.
3. To beat someone with brutal, violent force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smash" and "up." The gang surrounded the poor man and smashed him up so badly that he had to be hospitalized.
See also: smash, up

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

smashing

mod. excellent; really tremendous. This whole meal has been smashing.
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To set a psychedelic mood for the Smashing Pumpkins concert, Upton combined a variety of lights and colors.
Thief got into locked vehicle by smashing offside front window and stole CD player and toaster.
After trying to force two sets of doors, suspect finally got inside house by smashing double glazed patio door window with garden trowel.
VANDALS twice attacked Beech County Junior & Infant School, at Golcar, first smashing a double glazed window unit and on the following day a classroom window was smashed.