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
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Parish takes care of the music, leaving Harvey to concentrate on the lyrics - all twisted tales of love gone wrong, ambiguous menace and the constant feeling she's either about to rip someone to shreds or burst into tears.
Basically, we get every makeover mook and self-appointed telly know-it-all on to one show and really rip someone to shreds.
Basically, we get every makeover book and self-appointed telly know-it-all onto one show and really rip someone to shreds.