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  • So obviously according to him, they were not "true" Lebanese or had so much intermixing that they shot his theory to smithereen and did not have enough "muslim" or "crusader" blood in them.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

  • If they were boys that had conducted this brutal assault, beat the smithereen out of a defenseless student, an honor student like this girl, I don ` t think we would be treating them so kindly, Eben Brown.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2008

  • Next, upon due reflotation, up started four hurrigan gales to smithereen his plateglass house-walls and the slate for accounts his keeper was cooking.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The devastation was -- you know, I mean, I've seen this before, and it hits you again every time -- the way a tornado will destroy a home, just smithereen it, and right next door is a home that's barely scathed.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2006

  • "Incidentally, " he might have added, -are you aware that there's no such thing as a smithereen?

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • (He had often wondered, what exactly was a smithereen?)

    Time of the Twins

  • While taking someone down with a bullet seems cold, it's actually more humane that dropping a bomb on the individual that will smithereen all the other individuals in the vicinity.

    Antiwar.com Original

  • I will smithereen the whole damned lot of you before you touch a tusk! "

    The Ivory Trail

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  • 1795 citation

    Enter KILLEAVY

    Kill I wish he was with all my heart. If the rascal is troublesome to you, who is he, my pett

    Sally Who ? why a person that pretends to love me.

    Kill Oh, then I join you with all my heart and wish he was hang'd, shot, cut in smithereens, or

    Sally Ha! ha! ha! that's a very good joke, why it was yourself I meant.


    http://books.google.ca/books?id=BYpaAAAAYAAJ The Bank note: or lessons for ladies, a comedy, in five acts.
    Mr Taverner. page 17


    September 28, 2013

  • Othello Travestie gives the origin of this word.  http://books.google.ca/books?id=viAtAAAAYAAJ

    Act III Scene I

    "smithereens;" quere shivereens ? Theobald

    "smithereens;" diminutive of smither to "smash" Johnson

    "smithereens." I am inclined to read "smithereens" although that "shivereens" is plausible; - "smither" is the original verb of Irish extraction and signifies to demolish to break into atoms That Shakespeare was a lover of Ireland appears from his introduction of Captain M'Morris, in one of the Henrys a very ably drawn character dialect out of the question far it ...

    September 28, 2013

  • It means fragments; small bits; tiny pieces of a whole.

    July 12, 2009