make mincemeat of

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make mincemeat (out) of someone

 and make hamburger (out) of someone
Fig. to beat or pound someone or something; to treat someone or something roughly. (As if chopping someone up.) If you don't behave, I'll make mincemeat out of you. Do you want Fred to make hamburger out of you?
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make mincemeat (out) of somebody/something

to destroy or defeat someone or something completely A good lawyer would have made mincemeat of them in court.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of mincemeat (a food in which different things are cut up into very small pieces)
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make mincemeat of somebody

  (informal)
to defeat someone very easily A good lawyer would have made mincemeat of them in court.
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make mincemeat of

Also, make hamburger of. Thrash, beat decisively, as in That bully will make mincemeat of my son, or The other team will make hamburger out of us. This idiom alludes to finely chopping up meat. The first term dates from about 1700, the variant from the first half of the 1900s.
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make mincemeat of

Slang
To destroy utterly: made mincemeat of the opponent's argument.
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