mince-meat

mincemeat

[mins-meet]
noun
1.
a mixture composed of minced apples, suet, and sometimes meat, together with raisins, currants, candied citron, etc., for filling a pie.
2.
anything cut up very small, especially meat.
Idioms
3.
make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent's charges.

Origin:
1655–65; mince + meat

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mincemeat (ˈmɪnsˌmiːt)
 
n
1.  a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
2.  minced meat
3.  informal make mincemeat of to defeat completely

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mincemeat
1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince + meat.
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