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1‘one of the shots had shattered his windscreen’
smash, smash to smithereens, break, break into pieces, burst, blow out
splinter, crack, fracture, fragment, disintegrate
2‘the announcement shattered hopes of an early release for the foreign hostages’
destroy, wreck, ruin, dash, crush, devastate, demolish, wreak havoc with, blast, blight, wipe out, overturn, torpedo, scotch
burst someone's bubble
informal put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, put paid to, queer
British informal scupper, dish
archaic bring to naught
3‘everyone was shattered by the news’
devastate, shock, stun, daze, dumbfound, traumatize, crush, overwhelm, greatly upset, distress
informal knock for six, knock sideways, knock the stuffing out of
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