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world shattering

Totally and completely surprising, with the sense that whatever is described as such is shocking enough to change one's view of the world. However, the phrase is often used hyperbolically. Finding out that my dad isn't my biological father has been completely world shattering. I don't know who to trust anymore. A: "Oh my God, did you hear the world shattering news?" B: "Yeah, I can't believe that Sue is leaving the company. It won't be the same without her!"
See also: shatter, world

hardly earth-shattering

Not surprising. Greg has been staying late at the office regularly for months, so it's hardly earth-shattering news that he was chosen for the big promotion.
See also: hardly

dash/shatter somebody’s ˈhopes

destroy somebody’s hopes of doing or getting something: Any hopes that the museum would be built this year were dashed yesterday when the council announced its plans to spend less money on the arts.His poor performance in the exam shattered his hopes of becoming a lawyer.
See also: dash, hope, shatter
References in classic literature ?
Everything was assumed to be possible for Napoleon, they expected him from every side, and invoked his terrible name to shatter each other's proposals.
It would have been safer for Will in the first instance to have taken up his hat and gone away; but he had felt no impulse to do this; on the contrary, he had a horrible inclination to stay and shatter Rosamond with his anger.
Spears were splintered, Shields gan shatter, shafts to break.
she said, in a breathless whisper, as if speaking aloud might shatter the glorious possibility.
But if you turn shameless and make false promises, then I call together the destroyers of kilns, Shatter and Smash and Charr and Crash and Crudebake who can work this craft much mischief.
Suppose Fraulein Wundermacher should pounce upon me suddenly from behind, coming up noiselessly in her galoshes, and shatter my castles with her customary triumphant "Fetzt halte ich dich aber fest
I was looking through the glasses, and I saw the oar-blade shatter as he shot.
Shatter, shatter, O my brethren, those old tables of the pious
But his happiness was so immense that this confession did not shatter it, it only added another shade to it.
A wonder came over me that the mysterious force which had torn it out of him had failed to destroy his life, to shatter his body.
Are these iron fetters, riveted on me by the smith's hammer, or are they fancies I can shatter at a blow?
What matters is, that this advantage is remarkable from the very fact that it breaks down all our classifications, and continually shatters every system constructed by lovers of mankind for the benefit of mankind.
FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been selected to run for a Dail seat in Dublin Rathdown.
4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shatter Buggy, built with the intention of being the world's most convenient cracked device repair, now adds Colorado Springs to their list of cities in Colorado, according to company founder and former airline pilot Benjamin Head.
IF the term too smart for his own good ever applied to anyone it is Alan Shatter, which is a pity.