smash (something) to smithereens

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smash (something) to smithereens

To break or destroy something 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." The demolition crew brought in the wrecking ball, which smashed the house to smithereens in a matter of hours. The typhoon's gale-force winds have been smashing the village to smithereens over the last few days.
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EASTENDERS Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri BBC1 One bonus of owning a pub is the abundance of glassware to smash to smithereens every time rage gets the better of you.
Sir Alex Ferguson has contested nine FA Cup semi finals since 1990 and won every single one but that is the sort of statistic that Fellaini and Company would love to smash to smithereens.
There's only so much furniture you can smash to smithereens, only so many times you can kick the dog up in the air.