crush (someone or something) (in)to (something)

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crush (someone or something) (in)to (something)

To pulverize or break something into a certain condition or state. I crushed the cookies into crumbs and added them to the icing. The fallen tree branch crushed the car's windshield to pieces.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

crush someone or something to something

to press or squeeze someone or something into a particular state, such as death, a pulp, nothing, etc. The anaconda crushed the tapir to death. Donna crushed the bananas to a pulp and put them into the cake batter.
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crush something (in)to something

to grind or break something into bits and pieces. He crushed the fennel seeds into a powder. The roller crushes the rocks to bits.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Matewan not only has a flawless pacifist hero who spends much of his time trying to keep the miners from shooting the company thugs ("They're all of them just waiting for an excuse to come down and crush us to nothing') but gives him for a protege a 13-year-old preacher straight out of Walt Disney.