American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal Fragments or splintered pieces; bits: The fragile dish broke into smithereens.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Small fragments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. Fragments; atoms; smithers.
- n. a collection of small fragments considered as a whole
- From Irish smidiríní, diminutive form of smiodar ("fragment"). (Wiktionary)
- From Irish Gaelic smidirīn, diminutive of smiodar, small fragment. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Blow ... to smithereens is too slangy for formal use; it is used in a quote further on in the Times article, and is the kind of vernacular phrase found in boys adventure comics.”
“I think the best use you can put a rattlesnake to is to blow him into smithereens, which is what I am going to do.”
“The monkey was literally knocked to "smithereens," and the pieces that still adhered together were daubed all over with mud.”
“That's thrue, sor," put in Corporal Macan, who had lately regained his stripes after a long spell of good behaviour that atoned for his debauch at the Cape which lost him his rank; the Irishman now being engaged in serving the bow gun of the gunboat with the utmost deliberation, taking steady aim with each shot which he pitched into the cavalier of the nearest battery and knocking the gun into "smithereens" at his third attempt, though, for every weapon of the enemy which we silenced they seemed to bring a hundred others to bear on us.”
“smithereens," and was about going to work upon the huge _stalagmite_ that blocked up the entrance, when he was interrupted by the Quan.”
“smithereens," or, as my companion more elegantly expressed it, "into the middle of next week.”
“Readers may want to pop a Dramamine before reading Casey's account of the RSS Discovery, a British research vessel that was nearly pounded to smithereens by a massive storm in the North Atlantic in 2000.”
“Rosen earned the title during a debate last week, when he responded to a question about the controversial proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York City by saying "I think they should be allowed to build it, following the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens.”
“I think they should be allowed to build it, followed by the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens.”
“It's sole purpose is to lock my head into place with bolts and hold it absolutely still on a steel table so that precisely aimed beams of radiation way more powerful than any DC diss-ray can zap the remnants of my brain tumor into smithereens day after day for the next six weeks.”
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