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be smashed to smithereens

To be broken apart or otherwise destroyed into tiny, fragmentary pieces. "Smithereens," first appearing in English in 1829 as "smiddereens," is likely derived from the Irish word "smidirín" or "smidiríní," meaning "fragment." I wish I could still go visit our old family home, but it's already been smashed to smithereens by the demolition crew. The village was smashed to smithereens by the typhoon's gale-force winds.
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The bungalow has literally been smashed to smithereens," he said.
The secretary of the King's Regiment Association Knowsley said: "It's taken five years to raise the money for this - some of the pieces had been smashed to smithereens and had to be completely remade.
A spokesman for Dunbar lifeboat said: "They are really upset - the boat has been smashed to smithereens.
The traditional family has been smashed to smithereens, and our society with it.