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be blasted to smithereens

To be blown up or broken apart 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 blasted to smithereens by the demolition crew. The village was blasted to smithereens by the typhoon's gale-force winds.
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse is old wine in a new bottle: shuffling, moaning supporting cast being blasted to smithereens with infrequent computer generated special effects and pyrotechnics.