pick (someone or something) to pieces

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pick (someone or something) to pieces

To make an effort to find flaws or negative aspects in something through excessive analysis or criticism. Every time I show my brother one of my stories, he just picks it to pieces without saying anything that he liked about it. Critics picked him to pieces for his performance, but fans of the franchise seemed to love it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pick someone or something to pieces

 
1. Lit. to pull or pinch at someone or something until only pieces are left. The savage birds picked the carcass to pieces. The mice seem to have picked the stuffed doll to pieces.
2. Fig. to criticize someone or something harshly or unduly. You have just picked her to pieces. Leave her alone! The critic picked the play to pieces.
See also: pick, piece, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pick (or pull or tear) someone or something to pieces

criticize someone or something in a severe or detailed way.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pick (someone) to pieces

To criticize sharply.
See also: pick, piece, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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