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mincemeat

[mins-meet] /ˈmɪnsˌmit/
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 of mincemeat
1655-1665
1655-65; mince + meat
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  • Also, there was a great deal of mincemeat, and it did not compare with Katy's.

    Quicksilver Sue Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Wet the edges of the pastry, and put some mincemeat into the middle of each round.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • A third rain fell, so full of hail and so deadly that like knives it chopped the dry twigs on the trees to mincemeat.

  • As for the girl who had jilted him, I thought I could have made her into mincemeat.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • At that time there was no such thing known as a pie made of fruit or mincemeat.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Come, I see that your excellency wishes me to be cut into mincemeat!

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • But Little White Fox was a very small chap, and didn't give much thought to mincemeat.

  • When at length the mincemeat was finished we were all out of work.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Shot outside that Portuguese church, and cut to mincemeat by those rascals.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • Such delicious odors of popcorn and boiling candy, of cake and mincemeat in the making floated up from the kitchen!

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for mincemeat

mincemeat

/ˈmɪnsˌmiːt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for mincemeat
n.

1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince (v.) + meat (n.). Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for "eye" it is attested from 1857.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mincemeat
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with mincemeat

mincemeat

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