smithereens


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smith·er·eens

 (smĭth′ə-rēnz′)
pl.n. Informal
Fragments or splintered pieces; bits: The fragile dish broke into smithereens.

[From Irish Gaelic smidirīn, diminutive of smiodar, small fragment.]

smithereens

(ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz)
pl n
little shattered pieces or fragments
[C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar]

smith•er•eens

(ˌsmɪð əˈrinz)

n.pl.
small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
[1820–30; dial. smithers (of obscure orig.)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smithereens - a collection of small fragments considered as a whole; "Berlin was bombed to smithereens"; "his hopes were dashed to smithereens"; "I wanted to smash him to smithereens"; "the toilet bowl ws blown to smithereens"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
Translations

smithereens

[ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz] NPL to smash sth to smithereenshacer añicos or trizas algo
it was in smithereensestaba hecho añicos or trizas
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
La Smithsonian Institution, en Washington DC, es el complejo de museos más grande del mundo. Fue fundado por el Congreso en 1846 gracias a fondos donados por el científico inglés James Smithson (de ahí su nombre) y en la actualidad está patrocinado por el gobierno estadounidense como centro para la ciencia y el arte. Posee alrededor de cien millones de piezas y catorce museos, que incluyen el National Museum of American History, la National Gallery of Art y el National Portrait Gallery. También cuenta con un zoológico y lleva a cabo labores de investigación. A esta institución se la conoce como the nation's attic (la buhardilla de la nación).

smithereens

[ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz] npl (= small pieces) to smash sth to smithereens → briser qch en mille morceaux
to get blown to smithereens (by a bomb)être déchiqueté(e) dans une explosion

smithereens

pl to smash something to smithereensetw in tausend Stücke schlagen; in smithereensin tausend Stücken

smithereens

[ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz] npl to be smashed to smithereensandare in frantumi or in mille pezzi
References in classic literature ?
What would it matter if you smashed to smithereens at the end of the run, after a bust like that?
We take up their cause, but it turns out that 'the enemy of the human race' pays no heed to our fine speeches and in his rude and savage way throws himself on the Prussians without giving them time to finish the parade they had begun, and in two twists of the hand he breaks them to smithereens and installs himself in the palace at Potsdam.
But if ever a sprinter broke into smithereens all world's records it was I that day when I fled before those hide-ous beasts along the narrow spit of rocky cliff between two narrow fiords toward the Sojar Az.
Then she got out her old rifle an' shot the demijohn to smithereens, an' all she had to do was lap the whisky outa the tub.
Jim Morris, an aviation expert with Irwin Mitchell said: "The final report could take two years, it could take longer - this aeroplane was smashed to smithereens.
After spying the pair at the crematorium, she storms home and later smashes her wedding photo to smithereens in a rage.
After spying the pair at the crematorium, she storms home later smashes her wedding photo smithereens in a rage.
he doesn't cost a fortune, doesn't smash the United wage structure to smithereens, doesn't ask for a transfer every time he falls out with the manager, doesn't get injured and does score lots of goals.
That's good because the Scot's mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico will have the ammunition to blow his plans to smithereens at the Emirates Arena on Saturday night, having stopped 17 of his last 22 victims.
One had never seen such scenes, The wagon smashed to smithereens, Plucked and trampled was the rose, A fitting fate for those has-beens
REWARDING the Nobel Peace prize to the EU is a ridiculous act which blows the reputation of the Nobel prize committee to smithereens.
Among those who'll wait longer are about 300,000 people in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx who are served by overhead power lines, which were blasted to smithereens by Sandy's winds.