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[mins-meet] /ˈmɪnsˌmit/
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.
Origin of mincemeat
First recorded in 1655-65; mince + meat Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mincemeat
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  • Wet the edges of the pastry, and put some mincemeat into the middle of each round.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • It was slaughtered, roasted, made into mincemeat and devoured.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • 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
  • Also, there was a great deal of mincemeat, and it did not compare with Katy's.

    Quicksilver Sue

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Come, I see that your excellency wishes me to be cut into mincemeat!

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • It is not true that mincemeat will keep all winter, even by this preservative.

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

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • This makes it unnecessary to use liquor for keeping the mincemeat.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • But Little White Fox was a very small chap, and didn't give much thought to mincemeat.

  • 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


a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
minced meat
(informal) make mincemeat of, to defeat completely
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Word Origin and History for mincemeat

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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