Definition of blow something to bits (or pieces or smithereens) in English:

blow something to bits (or pieces or smithereens)


  • Use bombs or other explosives to destroy something completely.

    ‘the commandos blew the base to smithereens’
    • ‘The mine exploded, the fishing boat was blown to pieces and they were killed.’
    • ‘The one he pinned was instantly killed as the blast blew it to pieces.’
    • ‘Frederick and his men then come on to the farm and blow the windmill to pieces with explosives, although the animals manage to drive them off the farm again after a bloody battle.’
    • ‘She got up from the control panel and rushed away as fast as she could in the heels - although the base's controls weren't fitted with self-destruct, she had a trusty time bomb - in three minutes the bottom floor would be blown to smithereens.’
    • ‘‘Everything that he had believed until that moment was blown to bits,’ said Lanzillotto.’
    • ‘They have been used to damage a car last week and in another incident a phone box was blown to pieces.’
    • ‘On July 16, 1992, the dome was blown to pieces, catapulting 12-foot boulders throughout the amphitheater and sending a column of ash 3.5 miles into the air.’
    • ‘The blast was so powerful it blew them to pieces.’
    • ‘Let's just buy bombs and blow them to smithereens!’
    • ‘I was there when it happened; his entire base was blown to bits and he went along with it.’
    • ‘No one wants to live in a society where innocent people are blown to bits in a tunnel.’
    • ‘I don't think that anyone seriously fears that the world can be blown to pieces all together.’
    • ‘Could they launch a big bomb to the asteroid and blow it to pieces?’
    • ‘Then the bomb exploded and they were blown to bits.’
    • ‘Three and a half pounds is enough, for example, to blow your home to bits under the right conditions.’
    • ‘The conversation was briefly interrupted while the kids watched as a gang of rampaging chaos armed with hammers and explosives attack the slots, blowing the machines to bits and stuffing the coins into impractically-large cloth bags.’
    • ‘But who is responsible for blowing that unity to smithereens?’
    • ‘Sure, it's set in the future, but the depth of gameplay is far more than just blowing things to pieces.’
    • ‘Better results could be obtained by clamping them to the mouths of cannon, and blowing them to pieces.’
    • ‘It is a reminder that poetry can work which ever way you like, either by adhering fanatically and formally to the rules or blowing them to smithereens.’