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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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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.
html) message Monday for Americans to "wake the f up and do something about gun control before yet more of your children are blown to smithereens.
We need to protect people who are fleeing war-torn countries due to terrorism, because children jumping a bus to school shouldn't be blown to smithereens by some radicalised nutcase.
Would anyone believe Vietnam (a country blown to smithereens by war in the 1960s while our country was already enjoying peace) has been having so much progress it can now boast of 17 mbps (megabytes per second), while we are stuck with the ridiculous average of 3 mbps?
The duckboard track was constantly shelled, and in places a hundred yards of it had been blown to smithereens.
Instead of celebrating medals, the Indian media in Rio is now being asked questions on the great Narsingh doping cover- up which has been blown to smithereens by WADA and the CAS.
But I am innocent, and that's why, as an innocent, I am blown to smithereens by those seeking revenge for the destruction my country has dealt on theirs.
He has blown to smithereens his fraudulent claim that scything spending, whether on tax credits or the police, is a financial necessity.
He was blown to smithereens in Homeland and now David Harewood (below) will guest star in ITV's big-budget fantasy series Beowulf.
In fact, if anyone's career is in danger of being blown to smithereens by this case it's Harry Tressler who gets a little too gung-ho for safety.
In that one small incident, which drew little attention at the time and since, three children aged 12, 10 and 8 were blown to smithereens in a NATO bombing while they were out gathering dung for fuel, he added.
We couldn't contemplate launching a first strike - since we would be blown to smithereens by the other side's nuclear response.
And later on, accidents occur, as when 25 innocent young men are killed and an entire city almost blown to smithereens as soldiers are made to carry weaponry at midnight.