rip (someone or something) to shreds

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rip (someone or something) to shreds

1. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to shreds, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to shreds at his annual performance review.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to shreds. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to shreds, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: rip, shred
References in classic literature ?
He said nought; but he listened to me as steady an' patient as could be, an' never a bit o' scorn about him; so I went on, an' telled him all, just as I've telled you--an' more too.
I was a little bit vexed at first, but I never said nothing wrong to her: I only telled her like all in a quiet way, 'at I'd had th' new parson to see me; but I'd get done as quick as ever I could, an' then come an' help her.
But he wanted to show her that he was grateful, and the only mode that occurred to him was to offer Aaron a bit more cake.
And so I wish you good-bye, Master Marner; and if you ever feel anyways bad in your inside, as you can't fend for yourself, I'll come and clean up for you, and get you a bit o' victual, and willing.
I am glad you are as small a bit as you are," I said.
He got up himself, laughing and glowing, and tousled; his eyes like a bit of the sky.
He'll be a good bit different till all this is over.
She give my head a bit of a rub an' laughed an' she says,
Craven can't bear to see him when he's awake an' it's because his eyes is so like his mother's an' yet looks so different in his miserable bit of a face.
I've spent a good few years trying to put a bit together, and this is the first chance I've had," he said; "I'm going to have you back me as a British subject on that concession.
In Hamming's approach, each of the three added bits says something about a particular combination of bits in the original message.
7814-W implements the Electronic Codebook and the Cipher Block Chaining modes of operation for both encryption and decryption, and supports key sizes 128 bit, 192 bit, and 256 bit.
With this encoding, default operand size is 32 bits and default address size is 64 bits.
Both also support 12 bits per RGBA component (versus 8 bits found in other workstations), thereby capable of displaying 68 billion colors (versus the typical workstation, which can display 16 million colors).
It's easy to see why his niece, the unfortunately named Lil' Bit, would bond with this boyish father figure, who alone among her ``cracker'' Maryland family seems capable of decoding her soul.