be ripped to shreds

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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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1 FOOTBALL PULL-OUT MICHAEL GL ANNON MICHAEL GANNON Partick Thistle were ripped to shreds in their 4-1 defeat at Tannadice but Muirhead, who slotted a penalty to get the Jags level one one stage, had to admit United were too hot to handle.
He said: "My feet were ripped to shreds and took weeks to recover.
Tents used by the Whitley Bay Horticultural Society for its summer show, which had just ended, were ripped to shreds, and specimens and electrical equipment inside them badly damaged.
In their latest defeat nine-man Charlton were ripped to shreds by fierce rivals Orchard Park.
My legs were ripped to shreds and I had cuts all over my body.