rip (someone or something) to shreds

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rip (someone or something) to shreds

1. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to shreds, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to shreds at his annual performance review.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to shreds. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to shreds, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: rip, shred

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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"Don't rip him to shreds. We've tried that and it didn't work"
Because there are millions of Conservative voters very unhappy indeed" Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage on Brexit "If I was in a lift with Nigel Farage I'd rip him to shreds" Entertainer Paul O'Grady, an anti-Brexiteer, warns the ex-Ukip leader "I always feel my childhood is quite close to me.
TELLY favourite Paul O'Grady says he's so disgusted at how Brexit could damage our NHS that if he got into a lift with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage he'd "rip him to shreds".
If I was in a lift with Farage I'd rip him to shreds.
This lot will rip him to shreds once they realise how conniving and vindictive he can be.
His gray hair and beard sway with the cold, tearing wind as if it wants to rip him to shreds. To young people it is a breeze, to him it is a hurricane.