cut (someone or something) to ribbons

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cut (someone or something) to ribbons

1. Literally, to badly cut or gash someone or something. Kids, get away from the broken window—all that glass could cut you to ribbons!
2. To judge or criticize someone or something harshly. I thought I had done a good job on the project, but my boss just cut me to ribbons, pointing out every little thing I had overlooked.
See also: cut, ribbon
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cut someone to ribbons

 
1. Lit. to cut or slice someone severely. He broke a mirror and the glass cut his hand to ribbons.
2. Fig. to criticize someone severely. The critics just cut her acting to ribbons!
See also: cut, ribbon
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cut (or tear) something to ribbons

1 cut (or tear) something so badly that only ragged strips remain. 2 damage something severely.
See also: cut, ribbon, something
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But, in honesty, by then the Germans had already cut us to ribbons with their passing, pace and power.
Muscle gives you a platform in rugby, but it's the mind that wins games and that's where Wales are lacking while Australia's running game cut us to ribbons.