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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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It is not humanly possible to distinguish between bloodthirsty killers and innocent civilians in the houses far below the bombers, and we all know how a hospital was blown to smithereens in Afghanistan, because of 'human error'.
He has blown to smithereens his fraudulent claim that scything spending, whether on tax credits or the police, is a financial necessity.
He was blown to smithereens in Homeland and now David Harewood (below) will guest star in ITV's big-budget fantasy series Beowulf.
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.
ONE hundred and ninety eight flats blown to smithereens in a posh South Delhi locality
Sadly, Al-Awlaki, head of external operations for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - the Yemeni group credited with being the terror network's most lethal unit - was blown to smithereens in a US drone attack.
In that one small incident, which drew little attention at the time and since, three children aged 12, 10 and 8 were blown to smithereens in a NATO bombing while they were out gathering dung for fuel, he added.
We couldn't contemplate launching a first strike - since we would be blown to smithereens by the other side's nuclear response.
And later on, accidents occur, as when 25 innocent young men are killed and an entire city almost blown to smithereens as soldiers are made to carry weaponry at midnight.
So take this year's magazine, follow our advice, and don't blame us when your Vegas winnings are blown to smithereens.
But the chances of earnings coming in close to those estimates are slim, and analysts are likely to see their predictions blown to smithereens one way or the other depending on how much the trading charges amount to.
A GDN photographer who went at the scene said the tree had been blown to smithereens and trees in the vicinity were also damaged.
The same war scare has erupted every few years for the last two decades, largely based on the London press, which repeatedly expects Iran to be blown to smithereens by the Americans in a short while.
This argument was blown to smithereens last Monday when three teenage conscripts lost their lives while on duty at the Evangelos Florakis naval base.