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.
See also: break, piece

break something to pieces

to shatter something. I broke my crystal vase to pieces. I dropped a glass and broke it to pieces.
See also: break, piece
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One must look further to discover its actual meaning--"to crumble, smash or break to pieces.