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shoot to pieces

1. To shoot something multiple times and thus break it into pieces or destroy it. A noun or pronoun is used between "shoot" and "to pieces." The gangsters shot the poor man to pieces right on the doorstep of his house. Rebel soldiers shot the government building to pieces during their attack.
2. To find or point out the flaws in some argument, thesis, assertion, etc., through excessive analysis or criticism. A noun or pronoun is used between "shoot" and "full." The scientist spent the whole debate shooting his opponent's conspiracy theory to pieces. I thought my idea was pretty clever, but my PhD supervisor shot if to pieces.
See also: piece, shoot

shot to pieces

1. slang In poor condition. After dropping my phone so many times, the screen is shot to pieces. I'm sorry, what's your name again? My memory is shot to pieces anymore.
2. slang Having failed or gone awry, as of an idea or plan. We really need to regroup now that our proposal is shot to pieces after the meeting with the CEO.
See also: piece, shot

shot to pieces

If something is shot to pieces, it is completely ruined. When I came here my confidence was shot to pieces. Bob's been gone two days, and the whole schedule's shot to pieces. The economy is shot to pieces and thousands are losing their jobs every day.
See also: piece, shot

shot to pieces (or to hell)

ruined. informal
See also: piece, shot
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In Gemma's case, the only thing shot to pieces was her dream of holding on to what little celebrity status she possessed prior to entering the house.
We lost momentum and our confidence was shot to pieces," Betts said.
Chris Wall's Royal Rock was sent off the 7-4 jolly and looked to have the race shot to pieces entering the final furlong.
This guy, he was a Mormon, a little skinny guy, he lost it, and he and another guy, who was older, they couldn't stand it, and they jump up to run back out of the woods, a lot of guys did that in Hurtgen Forest, you don't see the army history books talking about that, but the second they stand up they get shot to pieces.
JIM SMITH is clinging to the belief Southampton can take maximum points from their three remaining matches and stay in the Barclays Premiership - even after their morale was shot to pieces by a stunning first-half examination from local rivals Portsmouth.
A total of 0 means you are either a saint or your conscience is shot to pieces.
Injuries to key players, the loss of proven leaders and muddled selection have all been cited as reasons why Andy Robinson's side will limp into Dublin as massive underdogs whose confidence has been shot to pieces.
A group of look-alike marksmen, some being shot to pieces themselves, fire rifles directly outward.
Mogadishu looks like war-torn cities in Afghanistan, Angola, or Chechnya--nearly every big building has been shot to pieces or stripped of everything, sometimes even its roof.
HOLLYWOOD At the Galaxy Theater preem of "Josie and the Pussycats" April 9, co-director Deborah Kaplan recalled that the trade reviews of her previous film, "Can't Hardly Wait," were so scathing she decided to vent: The offending opinions were taken to a shooting range, where they were made into targets and soothingly shot to pieces.
Signs are stolen, defaced, run over, shot to pieces, and used as firewood.
Boss John Hughes and his players must be shot to pieces and it is difficult not to see it having an effect.
One minute he is never going to win another tournament, his knees have gone, he can't putt, is mentally shot to pieces, etc, then the next minute he is a certainty for the Masters, looks fit as a fiddle, has got his touch and aura back, etc.
as me and my disabled father and would watch the fighter bombers, their undercarriages shot to pieces by enemy aircraft returning from a sortie defending Britain.