pick to pieces

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pick someone or something to pieces

1. Lit. to pull or pinch at someone or something until only pieces are left. The savage birds picked the carcass to pieces. The mice seem to have picked the stuffed doll to pieces.
2. Fig. to criticize someone or something harshly or unduly. You have just picked her to pieces. Leave her alone! The critic picked the play to pieces.
See also: pick, piece

pick (someone) to pieces

To criticize sharply.
See also: pick, piece