Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smash v.1

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.

In compounds

smashing-cove (n.) [cove n. (1)]

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a housebreaker.

In phrases

smash it (v.)

1. [1960s] (US campus) to do well in an examination.

2. to have sexual intercourse.

3. to be successful, to perform well.

smash out (v.)

1. [1970s] (US) to leave abruptly.

2. as vtr. to have sex.

smash the teapot (v.) [late 19C]

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).

In exclamations

smash me!

[mid-19C] (US) an excl. of surprise, disbelief.

smash my glim! (also smash my apple-cart!) [glim n. (6)]

[mid-19C] a general excl., synon. with blast my eyes!


[mid-19C] (US) an excl. of surprise and delight.