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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Irish Gaelic
Origin: smidirin, from smiodar 'small piece'

smithereens

noun
     
smith‧e‧reens

smash/blow etc something to smithereens

informal to destroy something by breaking it into very small pieces, or with an explosion:
The shop was blown to smithereens by the explosion.

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