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smithereens

[ smith-uh-reenz ]
/ ˌsmɪð əˈrinz /
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plural noun

small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.

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Origin of smithereens

1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (<Irish -ín)
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British Dictionary definitions for smithereens

smithereens
/ (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz) /

pl n

little shattered pieces or fragments
C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
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