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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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My plans were smashed to smithereens when my car stalled with a dead battery somewhere on Exhibition Avenue in Manama.
But those plans were smashed to smithereens after Star drew 2-2 with Sutton Coalfield in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy, with the replay taking place tomorrow night.
Coach Powell's lionesses matched the world champions in a first-half that ended goalless but were smashed to smithereens inside the hour.
Changing Rooms contestant Clodagh Brown recalls the day when her collection of almost 50 antique teapots were smashed to smithereens when a specially built decorative shelf collapsed.