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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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Any moment they might have been blown to smithereens yet they were carrying on with their game as if they were in a barrack-room at home.
Vehicles had been blown to smithereens, human beings ripped to pieces." Much of the memoir has the same swaggering tone.
Despite working hard to get where she was in the legal profession, her career and reputation has been blown to smithereens by her act of sheer foolishness.
All the arguments that justified the illegal invasion of Iraq have been blown to smithereens.
In their view it will take at least a generation or two to restore the trust that has been blown to smithereens by leaders absorbed in their own obscene bonuses and golden parachutes rather than the well-being of the people who make it all work.
But Westminster Hall and Abbey and the surrounding streets could have been blown to smithereens with damage as far away as Whitehall if the plan had succeeded, according to the new calculations.