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be blown 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 blown to smithereens by the demolition crew. The village was blown to smithereens by the typhoon's gale-force winds.
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In fact, if anyone's career is in danger of being blown to smithereens by this case it's Harry Tressler who gets a little too gung-ho for safety.
LAST seen being blown to smithereens on a racetrack in one of Hollyoaks' most dramatic exits, Andy McNair has landed the lead role in a new Brit flick.