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

Examples of mincemeat in a Sentence

the artillery quickly made mincemeat of the enemy's fortifications
Recent Examples on the Web Modern drinking has made a mincemeat of the old ways. Jordan Michelman, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2022 The burly four-wheeler has a unibody chassis, which means the frame and the body are built as one piece, along with massive 35-inch tires designed to make mincemeat of unforgiving terrain. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 For a special treat, slather your mincemeat in some aspic. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2021 Nonetheless, the fruits of their labors were enjoyed by all once Megoulas served giant Cuore di Bue tomatoes stuffed with rice, pine nuts and capers alongside potatoes, rather than the traditional Athenian mincemeat. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 There are umpteen apple cakes (Dutch, French, Mecklenburg, Dorset, whole-meal, mincemeat, polenta, caraway) and pages of marmalades. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 Rory McIlroy watched Tiger Woods make mincemeat of the par 5s at Bay Hill on his way to a record eight wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Mar. 2021 Even before the Coronavirus pandemic made mincemeat out of the 2020/2021 theatrical release schedule, a sequel to Spider-Man: Far from Home was always going to be a major-league contender for 2021. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Its powerful hind legs supported its 4-ton frame, while its claws and serrated teeth made mincemeat of its prey. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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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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