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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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He said: "There was a tremendous blast and all the windows in front were blown to smithereens.
Now our inquiry can reveal the grim details of that day in April, 1944, when the docks in Bombay were blown to smithereens - along with a third of the city.