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.