[ 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.

Idioms for mincemeat

    make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent's charges.

Origin of mincemeat

First recorded in 1655–65; mince + meat
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British Dictionary definitions for make mincemeat of

/ (ˈmɪnsˌmiːt) /


a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
minced meat
make mincemeat of informal to defeat completely
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Idioms and Phrases with make mincemeat of (1 of 2)

make mincemeat of

Also, make hamburger of. Thrash, beat decisively, as in That bully will make mincemeat of my son, or The other team will make hamburger out of us. This idiom alludes to finely chopping up meat. The first term dates from about 1700, the variant from the first half of the 1900s.

Idioms and Phrases with make mincemeat of (2 of 2)


see make mincemeat of.

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