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The 'bits' group

These nouns refer to the state that something is in after it has been destroyed or has fallen into disrepair.
Many schools are falling to bits.
The olives are crushed to a pulp by steel or stone rollers.
Hotels have been reduced to rubble, sugar-cane fields flattened and palm trees sliced in half.
Suddenly we started trashing it all, breaking up statues and tearing the paintings to shreds.
  • to ashes
  • to bits
  • to dust
  • to pieces
  • to powder
  • to pulp
  • to ribbons
  • to rubble
  • to ruins
  • to shreds
  • to smithereens
  • to tatters
  • to a paste
  • to a powder
  • to a pulp
  • to a puree
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