blow to smithereens

blow (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 blew the building to smithereens in a matter of seconds. The typhoon's gale-force winds have been blowing the village to smithereens over the last few days.
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blow someone or something to smithereens

 and blow someone or something to bits; blow someone or something to pieces
Lit. to explode someone or something into tiny pieces. (See also blow something to smithereens.) The bomb blew the ancient church to smithereens. The explosion blew the tank to bits. The explosion blew the car to pieces.
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blow something to smithereens

 and blow something to bits; blow something to pieces
Fig. to destroy an idea or plan by exposing its faults. (See also blow someone or something to smithereens.) The discovery blew my case to pieces. The opposing lawyer blew my case to smithereens.
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The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA).
To quote Sir John again: "Come, bombs and blow to smithereens Those air-conditioned, bright canteens, Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans, Tinned minds, tinned breath.
HECETA HEAD - Old whale removal technique: Stuff full of dynamite, blow to smithereens.
Now there are vehicles to commandeer, plenty of auto save points (you will be glad of them) and different mechanical enemies to blow to smithereens.
Twas found to be empty when the bomb squad showed up, fearing it would blow to smithereens.
Come, bombs and blow to smithereens Those air-conditioned, bright canteens, Tinnedfruit, tinnedmeat, tinned milk, tinned beans, Tinned minds, tinned breath.