be ripped to shreds(redirected from were ripped to shreds)
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.