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smithereens

[smith-uh-reenz] /ˌsmɪð əˈrinz/
plural noun
1.
small pieces; bits:
broken into smithereens.
Also, smithers
[smith -erz] /ˈsmɪð ərz/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of smithereens
1820-1830
1820-30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (< Irish -ín)
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  • Every smithereen of clothes that she has the mistress gave her, and the old lady has been open-handed, too.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
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smithereens

/ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz/
plural noun
1.
little shattered pieces or fragments
Word Origin
C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
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Word Origin and History for smithereen

smithereens

n.

"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.

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