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I heard the expression in an American movie, He madmaxed the bus.
I know Madmax is a car acton movie that was very popular in the 80's, with a lot of scenes where the main character chases and smashes ememies cars.
I guess that means he smashed the the back of the bus in front of him.

I would like to know if average Americans, even those who have never watched the movie, understand the meaning of the expression.

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moguwai007 I guess that means he smashed the the back of the bus in front of him.

I own the movie. It's a good one of its kind. You should watch it. Very Aussie, very indie, very young Mel Gibson. What exactly your movie speaker meant by "madmaxed" is not at all clear. Mad Max does various things throughout the movie.

moguwai007I would like to know if average Americans, even those who have never watched the movie, understand the meaning of the expression.

"To madmax something" is not a known expression. I have never heard it before. It creates no specific image. It means to do something destructive to a thing, I guess. Most people have heard of Mad Max, I suppose. Some have taken to calling Mel Gibson "Mad Mel" since his rants went public.

There is an entry for a verb "Mad Max" at Urban Dictionary:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mad%20Max

This seems plausible, though, generally speaking, Urban Dictionary should be treated with caution. It can be useful for slang words not listed elsewhere, but it also contains a lot of made-up rubbish and low-quality or badly written definitions.

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Thank you very much for your information. Now I understand that people understand the meaning of the word from the context.

Thank you very much for your information. Now I understand that people understand the meaning of the word from the context.