pull (something) to pieces

pull (something) to pieces

To excessively analyze or criticize something, especially by finding its flaws or negative aspects. Every time I show my brother one of my stories, he just pulls it to pieces without saying anything that he liked about it. Critics pulled his performance to pieces, but fans of the franchise seemed to love it.
See also: piece, pull
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pull someone or something to pieces

to pull someone or something apart; to separate someone or something into pieces. The machine almost pulled him to pieces when he got his arm caught in it.
See also: piece, pull
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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