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be ripped to shreds

1. To be severely or thoroughly criticized, upbraided, or condemned. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, it was ripped to shreds by critics, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's going to be ripped to shreds at his performance review with the bosses tomorrow.
2. To be utterly or severely damaged, ruined, or thrown into disarray. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now, because once you have kids, it's going to be ripped to shreds. Sarah was ripped to shreds in her first match as an amateur boxer.
See also: ripped, shred
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David Lonsdale, who played village idiot David Stockwell in the hit show for 13 years, watched in horror as his TV home on the Yorkshire set was ripped to shreds.
On November 23, 1999, a pro-life display at the University of British Columbia (UBC) which had been up for three hours with the permission of the administration, was ripped to shreds by three hooligans from the Alma Mater society.
The Saturn was ripped to shreds, right down to the frame.
Her jacket was ripped to shreds and I thought she had been stabbed when I saw her.
A HOLIDAYMAKER'S dream trip was ruined when his case full of new designer clothes was ripped to shreds during the flight.
He escaped injury but his suit was ripped to shreds in the near miss which happened on the third day of the San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona.