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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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The 79-year-old and others had set off on the boat about 11.30am on August 27, 1979, when it was "blown to smithereens".
"Now their argument has been blown to smithereens by the very vulture funds they have been defending.
CRPF officer Vijay Kumar said the impact of the blast was so strong that the bodies of the soldiers were blown to smithereens and flung many feet away from the site of explosion.
But if, as expected, her deal is roundly defeated in the days ahead, her authority will have been blown to smithereens. A family wanted to sell their home by raffling it at PS10 a ticket.
But if it is bad news for the Prime Minister, her authority will have been blown to smithereens. | As illegal migrants are landing on our shores, having made the perilous voyage across the English Channel in totally unsuitable boats, we are sending out our own vessels and not only rescuing them, but helping them over.
Those who were not hanged or sent via Karachi port to Kala Pani, as the prison in the Andaman Islands was called, were tied to the mouths of cannons and blown to smithereens as a message to anybody who dared risk mutiny.
.3 John Robertson saw his Inverness side clock up their 25th league game unbeaten then confessed their record should have been "blown to smithereens".
Providence took off but something went wrong and the entire ship and its crew were blown to smithereens. In front of their families.
It seems a notorious terrorist called Ahmed El Adoua - recently blown to smithereens - had spent a short while in London earlier that year and Waters needed to know who he met with and what plans were hatched.
The armour doctrine might help your tanks weather a well-placed hit instead of being blown to smithereens, but that means abandoning your wounded infantry to die on the ground.
Seeing a person getting blown to smithereens is never a pretty sight.
"His corrupt thinking has blown to smithereens the Charter of Democracy," said Rafique, referring to the PPP-PML-N agreement of 2006.
"In particular, at least one group should visit Flanders, near Ypres; Vancouver Corner, where the first weapon of mass destruction was used with mustard gas against Canadian soldiers, killing 2,000 of them; Passchendaele and the Tyne Cot Cemetery to take in the immensity of our forefathers' sacrifices; Hill 60, where a large German command post was blown to smithereens by Commonwealth troops tunnelling underground from the front lines; as well as Essex Farm, a dressing station, where Colonel John McCrae wrote the famous lines: 'In Flanders Field the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row, that mark our place'.
2 THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) SLIGHTLY peeved that their planet-killing super weapon has been blown to smithereens, Lord Vader and co, you'll be unsurprised to learn, "strike back" at Luke and his band of rebel scum.