smash up

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.smash up - damage or destroy as if by violencesmash up - damage or destroy as if by violence; "The teenager banged up the car of his mother"
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
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1. To crack or split into two or more fragments by means of or as a result of force, a blow, or strain:
2. To strike together with a loud, harsh noise:
3. To undergo wrecking:
Informal: crack up, pile up.
4. To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply:
Informal: biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, conk, paste.
Idioms: let someone have it, sock it to someone.
5. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
6. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of:
Slang: total.
7. To render totally ineffective by decisive defeat:
Informal: massacre, wallop.
1. A loud striking together:
2. A forceful movement causing a loud noise:
3. An abrupt disastrous failure:
4. Violent forcible contact between two or more things:
5. A wrecking of a vehicle:
Informal: crackup, pileup.
6. Informal. A dazzling, often sudden instance of success:
Informal: smash hit, ten-strike, wow.
Slang: boff, boffo, boffola.
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vt sepzertrümmern; faceübel zurichten; carkaputt fahren
vikaputtgehen; the capsule completely smashed up on landingdie Kapsel zerschellte bei der Landung
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