from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A total collapse or defeat.
  • n. A serious collision between vehicles; a wreck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abrupt, damaging breakdown or failure
  • n. A collision involving one or more vehicles


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  • Because no LAPD officer witnessed the crash, Knight will most likely not be cited for the smashup, which is now a case for the parties 'respective insurance companies.

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  • Just a few months ago, the Soviet Union seemed headed for some kind of smashup: there was talk of violence in the streets, the fall of Gorbachev, an Army takeover.

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  • Knight will most likely not be cited for the smashup, which is now a case for the parties 'respective insurance companies. "


  • I can obviously see that taking even 2 officers out of a 6man team is a nightmare, but I recall one quite minor smashup on the M11 last year, and we counted 6 police vehicles speeding up the emergency lane.

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  • And then Catherine was looking at an image of a two-car smashup in front of the exit ramp on Carson Street, the traffic on Main visibly clotted around the vehicles.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin Deep

  • Astronomers have long thought the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never been seen before.

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  • One fragment of that ancient smashup may have struck Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.

    ianrandalstrock: Maybe it's a Romulan warbird

  • Stephen Sixta – the man who asked the YouTube debate question that prompted a week-long smashup between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over their differing approaches to diplomacy – now says that he is "sickened" by the controversy he helped create.

    YouTube Debate Questioner: I Agree With Obama

  • “It was suspended for refusing a chemical test,” the official said, noting that even though LaBeouf was cleared of any DUI charges after it was determined that the other driver caused his smashup, the suspension was “automatic.”

    Shia LaBeouf’s Car Crash Not Shia LaBeouf’s Fault, Apparently

  • He cited injuries he sustained in that mysterious one-car smashup as a reason for the decision.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2009


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