break (something) 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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
At this moment the door of the house opened, and a large plate came skimming out, straight at the Footman's head: it just grazed his nose, and broke to pieces against one of the trees behind him.
When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes.
But the kite broke to pieces in the air, and he would have drowned in the Serpentine had he not caught hold of two indignant swans and made them carry him to the island.
Clennam's eyes no sooner fell upon the subject of his old passion than it shivered and broke to pieces.