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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But old habits die hard and having hurled abuse at the referee and opposition like any good oneeyed fan, I have found myself reverting to type and explaining away the real reasons for my own team's failure to score or prevent the opposition from ripping us to shreds.
They kept ripping us to shreds by hitting us on the break.