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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
1655-1665
1655-65; mince + meat
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  • 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.
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

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