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be blasted 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 blasted to smithereens by the demolition crew. The village was blasted to smithereens by the typhoon's gale-force winds.
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This building spree - creating land if there was none - was blasted to smithereens by the PCA.
DIFFERENT VIEWS ON HIS DEBUT Here's what the Gazette's match report had to say on that sobering experience: "Boro were sadly exposed as huge expectations were blasted to smithereens at the Riverside.
I don't think they want to escalate to point in which everything south of Litani [river] is blasted to smithereens."
Perhaps the moon was blasted to smithereens in some enormous collision, and the chunks then haphazardly pulled themselves back together to form this "Frankenstein Moon." Alternatively, and perhaps more likely, the coronae are sights of enormous metallic or rocky meteorite blasts which incompletely melted the icy subsurface, resulting in episodic periods of slushy, icy water oozing up to Miranda's surface--and then refreezing.
The distance to a duck dictates how tight the shot pattern is and at typical ranges a few pellets hit the bird and they're not usually "blasted to smithereens." A dramatic description, but not really accurate.
Among those who'll wait longer are about 300,000 people in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx who are served by overhead power lines, which were blasted to smithereens by Sandy's winds.
Just ask those poor devils being blasted to smithereens by the Syrians.
Cheryl, 28, rocked with laughter as the life-size model of TV's Mr Nasty was blasted to smithereens. As she stepped up to hit the detonator she looked at the effigy and joked: "His head needed to be a lot bigger and the trousers could have done with being a lot higher."
Unable to call off the airstrike, Clay rallies the troops and they rescue the tykes in the nick of time only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Jason Patric).
They rescue the tykes in the nick of time, only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Patric).
They rescue the tykes only to see their escape transport blasted to smithereens by criminal mastermind Max (Jason Patric).
He also speaks with anguish of the 1,400 Gazans killed in the latest blitz, the many thousands left homeless and the hundreds of thousands without running water, sanitation, a proper diet or medical careC* thanks of course to the already overburdened infrastructure having been blasted to smithereens by US-supplied weaponry and explosives.
Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe offers gamers the chance to rotate, thrust, flip, fire and launch into hyperspace as oncoming asteroids are blasted to smithereens just like in the 1979 original.
Opening scene, set in Haiti, shows a textbook zombie getting blasted to smithereens by an angry islander, then reduced to ashes in an urn.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is old wine in a new bottle: shuffling, moaning supporting cast being blasted to smithereens with infrequent computer generated special effects and pyrotechnics.