tear (someone or something) to shreds

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tear (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 tore it to shreds, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses tore 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 tearing the place to shreds. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing tore her to shreds, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: shred, tear

tear somebody/something to ˈpieces/ˈshreds

criticize somebody/something; completely destroy something: The press tore the Government’s economic plans to shreds.The Prime Minister tore his opponents’ arguments to pieces. OPPOSITE: praise somebody/something to the skies
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The people behind the wheel are pleasant to the faces of their customers, but privately tear them to shreds.
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The horse, who cannot be left alone with a horse blanket such is his desire to tear them to shreds, channelled his energies in the right direction as he scored at 11-2 under Seb Sanders.
Let the dogs chase after volunteer human beings and tear them to shreds if that is what they wish.
They overpower their prey with their large, exceptionally strong mouthparts that are able to grasp things and tear them to shreds in short order.