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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Boro looked like a group of strangers in the opening 15 minutes as Bradford ripped them to shreds," read Eric Paylor's verdict in the Gazette.
They ripped them to shreds with the pass-andmove philosophy that Kenny Dalglish has brought back and I think they'll be glad to get back to Anfield.
Conceding that early try didn't help us but the way we came back; we ripped them to shreds.
Of course the puny, point-scoring politicians and celebrities doing it wouldn't have dared do it to his face, because Bernard would have understood their game - and ripped them to shreds.
In the first half yesterday, Liverpool were once again lamentable and even Gerrard and fellow Scouser Boys' Own hero Jamie Carragher were poor as Arsenal's free flowing passing ripped them to shreds.
IN the Eighties we ripped them to shreds, in the Nineties we paid through the nose for them, and now we want them dangerous and dirty.
But every player in their dressing-room must have felt a twinge in their gut for a man who ripped them to shreds and STILL walked out of Ibrox on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat.
Ten-man Rovers had man Rovers had T no answer as Boro ripped them to shreds, with Hasselbaink's clinical finishing ensuring that Boro's dominance was turned into goals.
ENGLAND last night suffered their greatest Rugby World Cup humiliation since Jonah Lomu ripped them to shreds in Cape Town eight years ago.
Morton aren't a bad team but we ripped them to shreds and it could have easily been 10-0.
Sheffield Wednesday was reportedly one of our toughest games on Tuesday but we ripped them to shreds.