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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRASHING

He it is, too, that leaps from cloud to cloud amid the crashing thunder-storm.

Rain fell in torrents; the crashing thunder was like the roar of artillery.

The shells from the French artillery on the Roman Road are crashing into the wood.

Shrieking and crashing, the vulture-forces of destruction sweep upon it.

It had taken this news from the harbor to bring him tottering, crashing down.

They heard only a crashing of boughs, the parting of the hedge.

Ah, what a death to die, amid the crashing ruins of a sinking world!

The snapping of a twig sounded like the crashing ruin of a forest giant.

From the top of the bluff came a crashing and a series of yelps.

He flung him off, and sent him crashing into the rosebush and the lattice over which it rambled.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, crasschen "break in pieces;" with no identifiable ancestors or relatives it probably is imitative. Computing sense is 1973, which makes it one of the earliest computer jargon words. Meaning "break into a party, etc." is 1922. Slang meaning "to sleep" dates from 1943; especially from 1965. Related: Crashed; crashing.

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