1. [late 17C–early 19C] (UK Und.) to kick downstairs.
2. to render bankrupt.
3. [late 18C+] (also smash up) to fail financially, to be ruined, to become bankrupt; thus smashing n., bankruptcy.
4. [mid–late 19C] to beat; also in fig. use.
5. [late 19C-1900s] (Aus.) to spend recklessly.
6. [1900s] (US campus) to fail in recitation.
7. [1920s] (US) to dismiss from a job.
8. [1960s] to be a smash hit.
9. (US) to have casual sexual intercourse.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a housebreaker.
1. [1960s] (US campus) to do well in an examination.
2. to have sexual intercourse.
3. to be successful, to perform well.
1. [1970s] (US) to leave abruptly.
2. as vtr. to have sex.
1. (UK prison) of a prisoner, to forfeit the privilege – gained for good behaviour – of substituting tea for the usual gruel.
2. to abandon one’s pledge of abstinence (taken earlier at the urging of the Salvation Army or a similar teetotalist body).
[mid-19C] (US) an excl. of surprise, disbelief.
[mid-19C] a general excl., synon. with blast my eyes!
[mid-19C] (US) an excl. of surprise and delight.