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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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I don't think they want to escalate to point in which everything south of Litani [river] is blasted to smithereens.
Perhaps the moon was blasted to smithereens in some enormous collision, and the chunks then haphazardly pulled themselves back together to form this "Frankenstein Moon.
Among those who'll wait longer are about 300,000 people in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx who are served by overhead power lines, which were blasted to smithereens by Sandy's winds.
Just ask those poor devils being blasted to smithereens by the Syrians.
Cheryl, 28, rocked with laughter as the life-size model of TV's Mr Nasty was blasted to smithereens.
Unable to call off the airstrike, Clay rallies the troops and they rescue the tykes in the nick of time only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Jason Patric).
They rescue the tykes in the nick of time, only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Patric).
They rescue the tykes in the nick of time but see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Patric) who they must hunt down if they want to ever get back home.
They rescue the tykes only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Jason Patric).
He also speaks with anguish of the 1,400 Gazans killed in the latest blitz, the many thousands left homeless and the hundreds of thousands without running water, sanitation, a proper diet or medical careC* thanks of course to the already overburdened infrastructure having been blasted to smithereens by US-supplied weaponry and explosives.
Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe offers gamers the chance to rotate, thrust, flip, fire and launch into hyperspace as oncoming asteroids are blasted to smithereens just like in the 1979 original.
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.
We assume that Prince Philip was out each time, or he'd have been blasted to smithereens long ago.
The remaining were blasted to smithereens (imagine Sir Paul's face
The neon blazes defiantly from Neil Patel's newsagents and gift shop, which opened again last week more than a year after it was blasted to smithereens by half a ton of home-made explosive.