be ripped to shreds

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be ripped to shreds

1. To be severely or thoroughly criticized, upbraided, or condemned. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, it was ripped to shreds by critics, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's going to be ripped to shreds at his performance review with the bosses tomorrow.
2. To be utterly or severely damaged, ruined, or thrown into disarray. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now, because once you have kids, it's going to be ripped to shreds. Sarah was ripped to shreds in her first match as an amateur boxer.
See also: ripped, shred
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In the less-than-credible, illogical and wonderfully camp TV movie "A Face to Die For," bodacious "Baywatch" boy-magnet Yasmine Bleeth stars as a woman whose face was disfigured into a grotesque mask by a car accident and whose heart is ripped to shreds by every guy she meets.
YET again my hometown of Hull is ripped to shreds by the findings of a report carried out, no doubt, by people who have never visited the area (Mirror, January 19).