Mincemeat



[mins-meet] /ˈmɪnsˌmit/

noun
1.
a mixture composed of apples, suet, and sometimes , together with raisins, currants, candied citron, etc., for filling a pie.
2.
anything cut up very small, especially .
Idioms
3.
make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly:
He made mincemeat of his opponent’s charges.
/ˈmɪnsˌmiːt/
noun
1.
a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
2.
minced meat
3.
(informal) make mincemeat of, to defeat completely
n.

1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince (v.) + meat (n.). Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for “eye” it is attested from 1857.

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