One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘mustard seeds may be pulverized into flour’
grind, crush, pound, crumble, powder, turn to dust
mill, crunch, squash, press, pulp, mash, sieve, mince, mangle, chew, shred, macerate
technical comminute, triturate
archaic levigate, bray, powderize
2‘he could have pulverized the opposition’
defeat utterly, annihilate, beat hollow, trounce, rout, crush, smash, break, overwhelm, vanquish
hammer, clobber, thrash, whip, lick, paste, pound, crucify, demolish, destroy, drub, tank, take to the cleaners, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, murder, slaughter, massacre, flatten, turn inside out
British stuff, marmalize
North American blow out, cream, skunk
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