One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British informal A very attractive or impressive person or thing.‘the night nurse was a smasher’
beauty, belle, goddess, venus, siren, dream, vision, picture, sensation, joy to beholdView synonyms
- ‘Since David McVicar's 2000 production was such a smasher, Scottish Opera has taken Puccini's Madama Butterfly back on tour, still with many of the original cast.’
- ‘I saw the picture you sent me, Robbo - he looks a little smasher.’
- ‘The new album features some recent smashers; ‘In The Grind’ and ‘Forsaken Dreams’ and a lot of older classics like ‘Threshold’ and ‘Friday'.’
- ‘And they've just launched another smasher in the shape of the prodigious new 807 MPV.’
- ‘The first studio album for 35 years from one of Britain's most influential blues/rock outfit is a smasher.’
2usually in combination A person or device that breaks something up.‘riot police had clashed with window-smashers’
- ‘But he died at 37, and left an idea of the poet not just as an outsider, but also as an iconoclast, a smasher of images, a sexual adventurer, a ‘conduit of feeling’.’
- ‘The door smasher ran onto private property, picked up a child's scooter and using it as a weapon hit Michael on the forearm.’
- ‘He thinks the window smashers are using small metal hammers from fire alarms to break the glass.’
- ‘With a super-duper particle smasher, physicists might be able to simulate the earliest moments of the cosmos.’
- ‘Shaeron has sent the message to horrified mirror smashers: ‘Please don't bin them’ because she needs the pieces for her latest creation.’
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