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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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From the moment the train chugs away from its hapless driver, the film steadily gathers momentum, careening through the set pieces, which invariably involve something being smashed to smithereens.
The thing that I'm sure will be niggling in the back of David's mind is the start of the 2005/06 season when early expectations ended up being smashed to smithereens after we lost eight of our opening nine matches.