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Friday, October 15, 2010

smithereens

\smith-uh-REENZ\ , noun;
1.
Small pieces; bits.
Quotes:
You watch it all happen like a slow bomb, from the end of World War I, the dementia of power, till the smithereens are in smithereens.
-- Paul Monette, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
I've jack-booted my way into your life, crushed it to smithereens, and you're still pleased for me!
-- Jill Mansell, Millie's Fling
Origin:
Smithereens is an alteration of the Irish smidirin, "fragment."
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