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

1655–65; mince + meat

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mincemeat (ˈmɪnsˌmiːt)
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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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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Example sentences
It's been decades since mincemeat contained anything resembling meat.
He makes mincemeat of intellectual pretensions and then, of course, laughs at pompous simpletons.
Imagine the scents wafting through the house, blending with the mouth-watering aromas of pumpkin and mincemeat pies.
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