Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smash v.2

[smash n.2 (1)]

1. to pass counterfeit money; thus smashing.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Nov. XIX 88/1: Nadin now shewed him some forged Bank of England notes [...] he had smashed several, and had no doubt that he should smash a great many more.
[UK]John Mackcoull Abuses of Justice 85: He had amassed a very considerable fortune by this fraudulent business, and particularly by negotiating stolen bills, called smashing thick paper.
[UK]Vaux Memoirs in McLachlan (1964) 82: Lest the reader should be unprovided with a cant dictionary, I shall briefly explain in succession: viz., smashing [...] Uttering counterfeit money, or forged bank-notes.
[UK]Life and Trial of James Mackcoull 85: Ha! little one, tip us your daddle, we’ve done the job, and cleanly too – all’s bob! – We’ve got a precious lot of dirty Scotch bank-notes [...] we’ll go into the country and smash ’em.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford III 128: I say, has you heard as how Bill Fang [...] was stretched for smashing queer screens? (that is, hung for uttering forged notes).
[UK] ‘My Name Is Sam Dodger’ in Gentleman Steeple-Chaser 38: [I] sported my flash girl [...] We both went a smashing, and did it up brown too, / And lots of bad silver we us’d for to pass.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 28 Feb. 3/2: SMASHING.—George Anderson, alias Jones, who had been discharged at the late Criminal Sessions on a charge of uttering base coin, was brought up before the sitting magistrate.
[UK]G.W.M. Reynolds Mysteries of London II (2nd series) 362: These are all queer screens – and you went into the bank to smash some of them.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 357: ‘Suppose they found out I had been smashing,’ Phil whispered.
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act I: Pottering about on the sneak, flimping or smashing a little when I get the chance.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 27 July 2/4: Crikey, Bob, science has shown that we were born criminals; and you know my father was hung for murder, and my uncle [...] was transported for smashing.
[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 240: There were a great number of men in for ‘smashing,’ and two or three actual coiners.
[UK]J. Greenwood Tag, Rag & Co. 25: He resolved to go into the ‘smashing’ business himself.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 June 9/1: From his ‘mug,’ gait, and speech, it was easy to see that Redwood had more than a passing acquaintance with men who bought old lead from young larrikins, ‘smashed’ flash notes, and planned suburban burglaries.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Oct. 4/8: ‘Smashing’ — that is the changing of the bad money — is generally done by females — of a superior class .
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 239: If the men and women who practice ‘smashing’ could obtain a living by any other means, they certainly would not engage in an illicit occupation.
[UK]R.T. Hopkins Life and Death at the Old Bailey 115: He once forged a very pretty cheque [...] and sent the hotel porter to the bank to ‘smash it’.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 199/1: Smash. To convert into cash, as a check or other negotiable instrument. [...] Smash a stiff. To pass a forged or raised check.
[UK](con. 1905) R.T. Hopkins Banker Tells All 190: He had not received his proper proportion from the share-out of a forged cheque which Holmes had ‘smashed’.

2. (also smash up) to give or obtain change for a note; thus to launder the proceeds of a robbery.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 16 Oct. 52/3: Parkinson, who was living unsuspected with his booty, had already smashed or changed a large portion of the money.
[UK]G.W.M. Reynolds Mysteries of London III 85/1: A Stranger—looked like a crocus. To smash three double finnips .
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 65/2: Get on thau ‘togs’ and ‘namase’ as quick as thau can and ‘smash’ these ’ere ‘quids’ somewhere or another; I don’t care where — on’y ‘smash’ ’em.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Sept. n.p.: Five ‘fly coppers’ who had more of the ‘queer’ bonds in this case than had Dr Shine. How they ‘smashed’ their bonds is known only to themselves.
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 229: The small tradesman, afraid to smash his notes at a bureau, had them still intact when the police called upon him.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Sept. 39/2: ‘Got any silver?’ [...] ‘Not a bean – haven’t got anything. Smash up a quid!’.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 61/2: Can you smash a thick ’un? (Peoples’). Can you change a sovereign.
[Aus]T. Peacock More You Bet 62: Someone might say, ‘Smash (or break) that [large note] up for me, will ya?!’ meaning that he was [...] wanting a combination of smaller notes.