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To smash to smithereens pre-1930?

Posted by Baska on June 24, 2005

Can anybody give me the origin of "to smash to smithereens" - I am particularly interested in whether it is pre-1930s, or not - I need it for a translation. Or can anyone suggest an alternative which would apply to - say - the Great War and "smashing a regiment into smithereens" - many thanks.

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