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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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be smashed to smithereens

To be broken apart or otherwise destroyed 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 smashed to smithereens by the demolition crew. The village was smashed to smithereens by the typhoon's gale-force winds.
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smash the teapot

To resume drinking alcohol after a time of sobriety. The "teapot" here is likely a reference to the term "teetotaler"—one who does not drink alcohol. A: "But Paul's been sober for years. Has he really smashed the teapot?" B: "Yes! I saw him drunkenly stumbling out of the pub last night."
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mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. He was so smashed he couldn’t stand up.
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The force that smashed that skull was a force well known to scientists-- one of the most frequently debated of the laws of nature.
Clear and square, but quite small beneath them, was the blacksmith's yard, where the inspector still stood taking notes and the corpse still lay like a smashed fly.
SALENDINE NOOK: August 22 Window of a Ford Transit was smashed to steal tools.
Travelling north towards Birmingham, the lorry smashed through the central reservation colliding with a car on the southbound carriageway before coming to a standstill.
The thief smashed the shop window and took several items of gold jewellery that had been on display before running off.
Bilton Hall Road, Jarrow Ransacked all the rooms, smashed windows 3.
A FURIOUS tiler smashed up his home with a baseball bat after discovering his lover with another man.
At around 2am, a motorist hurtled past the vehicle hire centre in Dudley Port and smashed through its security gates.
Owner Paul Boyd said: "She was really really upset when she smashed it but I told her I'd get a glazier out to fix it.
The vandalism started last April when High Desert Broadcasting radio personality Amir Raheem's vehicle, parked outside the station office, was smashed by a hit-and-run driver.
A STOLEN bus smashed its way through cars, destroying a chip shop and injuring a teenager last night.
Windows in a further 22 shops and business premises were smashed.
The truck smashed her porch before narrowly missing her brother John's mobile home.
Scientists think the asteroid smashed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out half of Earth's species, including dinosaurs.
has introduced a California wine brand called Smashed Grapes, whose mission is to make premium wine fun and accessible to 25-to-34-year-old wine drinkers.