1725, "hard blow," from smash (v.). Meaning "broken-up condition" is from 1798; that of "failure, financial collapse" is from 1839. Tennis sense is from 1882. Meaning "great success" is from 1923 ("Variety" headline, Oct. 16, in reference to Broadway productions of "The Fool" and "The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly").
(also crash and dash) Crude and violent: There's a major difference between the smash-and-grab tactics of the tabloids and the relatively sober treatment these stories get on the networks/ Deregulation promoted the casino economy, with its leveraged buyouts and smash-and-grab finance/ The attempted burglary was like scores of other ''crash-and-dash'' thefts
A crude and violent robbery: The smash and grab guys break through your closed window and grab your valuables, knowing that you're going to be stunned and perhaps blinded by bits of flying glass (1927+)