mince·​meat | \ ˈmin(t)s-ˌmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio) \

Definition of mincemeat

1 : minced meat
2 : a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, and spices) sometimes with meat that is often used as pie filling
3 : a state of destruction or annihilation used in the phrase make mincemeat of

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Examples of mincemeat in a Sentence

the artillery quickly made mincemeat of the enemy's fortifications
Recent Examples on the Web The historic Highlandtown bakery is Pie Central this Thanksgiving, offering everything from mincemeat to pumpkin to French apple to sweet potato for just $6-$10. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Too busy to cook? Here’s where to buy ‘homemade’ Thanksgiving foods in the Baltimore area," 19 Nov. 2019 The mincemeat is packaged and frozen in 1.5-pound packages. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Sons of the American Legion to host cornhole tournament; Nightmare on Main Street in Taneytown," 14 Oct. 2019 Imagine, that is, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air making fun, not just mincemeat, of his middle-aged self. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Parasite” Explores What Lies Beneath," 11 Oct. 2019 The pie tradition of the New England colonies had come from old England with the settlers, who transformed the savory kidney and mincemeat pies of the British Isles into sweet pies filled with fruits that grew well along the Atlantic Coast. Gabriella Petrick, Smithsonian, "Why Americans Love Their Apple Pie," 21 Aug. 2019 One year in, the U.S-China trade war continues to make mincemeat out of manufacturers’ supply chains, hiking consumer product costs and cutting corporate outlooks from Charlotte to Cupertino. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Another Front Opens in the U.S.-China Trade War: CEO Daily," 2 Aug. 2019 There were concerns about the mincemeat pie disappearing. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Polly Campbell: Coke back at Frisch's. Here's what it means," 18 June 2018 Sea Wolf ran through the Golden Gate and made mincemeat of rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 With already 36 runs scored and 40 hits, the bats have made mincemeat of opponent's pitching. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte set for big baseball game at Kethan Field," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mincemeat

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mincemeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mincemeat. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mincemeat

: meat that has been cut into very small pieces : minced meat
: a mixture of raisins, apples, spices, etc., that is used especially in pies


mince·​meat | \ ˈmins-ˌmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio) \

Kids Definition of mincemeat

: a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, spices, and sometimes meat) that is especially used in pies

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