Lightroom How can I delete photos from a smart collection?

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I know (because Lightroom won't stop telling me) that you can't delete photos from a smart collection — because a smart collection is an dynamically generated collection based on matching metadata. I get it.

However, the reason I use smart collections is to suss out from the myriad of photos I have, a set of images that match some search criteria. Then from that smaller (smart) collection I want to be able to remove some images - not from the collection, but from the disk entirely (trash/delete them).

So, yes I'm looking to delete photos from a smart collection, but more to the point I want to be able to use smart collections to find the photos I want to delete from Lightroom all together.

Aside from smart collection searching, then flagging as rejected, then filtering by rejected and then deleting... which seems insane... How are others doing this?

Or am I just backwards in wanting to delete images directly from a smart collection?
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You can use a splat delete - Ctrl Alt Shift Delete / Cmd Opt Shift Delete. Be very careful though, as it deletes immediately without an extra warning dialog.
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@Victoria: Brilliant, thank you!
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thank you so much great
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"Aside from smart collection searching, then flagging as rejected, then filtering by rejected and then deleting"

Many find the following method faster, especially when reviewing many photos, and easier to recover from mistakes:

After marking the photos as rejected ("x"), click on All Photographs, then do Photo > Delete Rejected Photos (Cmd/Ctrl + Backspace).   If you want to go back to the smart collection, do Window > Go Back (Cmd + Opt + Left Arrow / Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow).  

I agree it's a silly restriction you can't do Photo > Delete Rejected Photos from inside a smart collection.
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It's because of a bug/stupid feature that also plagues normal collections. If you use 'Photo - Delete Rejected Photos' from inside a NORMAL collection, the photos aren't deleted as the menu suggests, but only removed from that collection.
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Yes please. I just moved over from Aperture to Lightroom, and I like Lightroom's approach on about 85% of tasks. 

But the fact that I can't just delete rejected photos from anywhere is such a time waste. The one thing I really miss about Aperture is the "open" workflow. I could rate, tag, make adjustments, delete, etc, all from the primary window using key commands.

I'm getting used to Lightroom's forced workflow, but there are a few aspects that are maddening.