Break to pieces - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
break to pieces
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break (something) to pieces
To break something into fragments. I broke the vase to pieces when I dropped it on the floor.
break something to pieces
to shatter something. I broke my crystal vase to pieces. I dropped a glass and broke it to pieces.
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One must look further to discover its actual meaning--"to crumble, smash or break to pieces