rip apart

rip someone or something apart

to tear someone or something apart into pieces. The automobile accident ripped the car apart. Don't rip apart the newspaper!
See also: apart, rip

rip somebody/something aˈpart/to ˈshreds, ˈbits, etc.

destroy something; criticize somebody/something very strongly: Can you believe it? I spent all that time preparing my report, only to have it ripped to shreds! OPPOSITE: praise somebody/something to the skies
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However, IHS wasn't the first site to rip apart Apple's new mini.
A cold, emotionless serial killer is on the loose, someone who kills cleanly and without a trace; a killer who has the potential to rip apart Riggio's family--and leave her dreams in shreds.
It has no problem showing the Daily Mass program or Food For Life and then airing a documentary on Wicca or a talk-show that would rip apart the Catholic Church right after.
The brink of war, and an earthquake that kills 22,000 people rip apart any remaining semblance of an ordinary vacation in this fast-paced, nation-spanning saga offering a fascinating glimpse into changing cultural norms of the near future, in both the US and its steadily growing Latino population, and in South America.
The homeless come by and rip apart the boxes and take what they want to be resold and then dump the rest.
Salman Rushdie once said in an interview that for him tradition had never functioned as a straitjacket: "tradition was something to rip apart and trample on.
The galaxies are full of violent explosions that rip apart stars and hurl clouds of gas in all directions.
A major pipeline planned to cross Mid and South Wales to provide gas for homes in England, would rip apart a huge section of the Brecon Beacons, a crisis meeting heard yesterday.
The article "Brutal Bubbles: Collapsing orbs rip apart atoms" (SN: 3/5/05, p.
People in this country are allowed to torture and rip apart foxes, but forcing dogs to kill each other has been banned for some time.
After an editorial conference call, a team of editors and artists stayed late on Christmas Eve to rip apart some previously written stories to be as current as possible," says Sonja Hillgren of Farm Journal Media.
Only Labour could be misguided enough to want to rip apart our present system of local govern-ment - which works - and replace it with a new layer of bur eaucracy costing the taxpayer millions.
But just as expanding ice beneath a road can cause the road to crack, ice forming in tissue can rip apart cells and blood vessels.
It's a traditional lad's pad' - which she proceeds to rip apart.
They can tear up trees, rip apart houses, and turn over cars.