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Monday, March 21, 2016

Definitions for smithereens

  1. small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.

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Citations for smithereens
… the lamp crashed to the floor and broke into smithereens, the clatter was heard all over the house, and it was a costly object--Saxony china. Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, The Adolescent, 2003
The books here have one thing in common: The design, art and photography they contain circumvent established norms or smash accepted verities to smithereens. Steven Heller, "Art and Outrage," New York Times, October 24, 2014
Origin of smithereens
1820-1830
Smithereens is a variant of smithers with the Irish diminutive suffix -een. It entered English in the 1820s.