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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

rip the heart out of (something)

To remove, destroy, devastate, or totally undermine some essential or important aspect of something. This move by the government is going to force a lot of factories to close and rip the heart out of communities around the country. Senators added a number of amendments meant to rip the heart out of the tax bill.
See also: heart, of, out, rip
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This tolerance does not include stress relieved in the material as a result of the ripping process.
1 ADJUST the blade height so the bottom of the saw blade gullet is even with the top of the wood you're ripping.
Ripping failed to create a well defined macropore channel that was open to the surface because dry soil flowed into the rip.
A study in the early 90s showed that crosscutting boards -- before ripping when 1/2 inch or more crook is present -- produces rough mill yields that are on average 3% greater than those when gang-ripping-first without crosscutting for crook.
Straight line ripping is an affordable, easy-to-operate system that offers a straight glue line cut that is necessary for panel lay up," said Bob Jennings, general manager with Mattison Woodworking Machinery Co.
No other ripping company can match our depth of experience, quality and turn-around time.
It directs an operator or controls a moveable fence to position the board so that the optimal ripping pattern is produced.
Ripping Revolution offers high-volume, fast-turnaround services for both the music lover and the audio/visual dealer.
Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) member Ripping Revolution is one of the few West Coast digital conversion providers catering to individuals, audio/visual dealers and home theatre specialists in all North American markets.
By enabling labels and artists to safeguard the supply and distribution of their music content, Macrovision provides effective and commercially viable solutions to increase the demand for legitimate sources of music content and offset the revenue loss associated with unauthorized consumer CD ripping and unauthorized P2P file sharing, downloading and CD-R burning.
Unauthorized CD ripping on PCs leads directly to exponential distribution and downloading on the Peer-to-Peer ("P2P") networks and illegal file-sharing continues to be the major threat to world music sales.
Equally important for today's music-passionate computer user, the new veloCD is capable of ripping CD audio tracks at 48x (5 seconds for a standard audio track) with bit-perfect musical accuracy.
Nasdaq NMS: THQI) today announced a publishing agreement with Hearst Entertainment granting THQ the interactive rights to the upcoming Fox Kids' program, "The Ripping Friends," created by John Kricfalusi and animation studio, Spumco Inc.
Cakewalk Pyro is the first software package to provide everything a music fan needs to create, organize and listen to MP3s and audio CDs--including LP and cassette ripping software, online tutorials, support for popular DIAMOND (Nasdaq: DMEC) RIO and Creative Labs (Nasdaq: CRTV) NOMAD portable players, and even a blank CD-R disc and CD label making kit.