rip (someone or something) apart

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rip (someone or something) apart

1. Literally, to tear someone or something into several pieces. The dog got ahold of my report and ripped it apart! I know there's a stereotype that sharks will rip swimmers apart the moment they have the chance, but this is simply not true.
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 apart. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her apart, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
3. 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 apart, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him apart at his annual performance review.
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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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I hate confrontation and struggle to stand up for myself but if anyone ever wronged my boy, I would rip them apart with my bare hands - and probably quite enjoy it.
I hate confrontation and struggle to stand up for myself, but if anyone ever wronged my boy, I would rip them apart with my bare hands - and probably quite enjoy it.
The 33-year-old, of Erskine, Renfrewshire, expects the show's Mr Nasty will rip them apart after his vicious critiques of celeb skaters Didi Conn and Gemma Collins on last week's show.
Despite the deeply unsettling atmosphere that pervades the city following the bomb attacks last week, Hyderabadis remain united against the brazen attempt made to rip them apart. It is a remarkable rite of passage for this city which has witnessed decades of divisive governance and repeated attempts by political parties to use its demographics as dry kindling.
WEST Ham manager Glenn Roeder delivered a 50-minute dressing room roasting to his side after watching Chelsea rip them apart at Stamford Bridge.
At some stage, these tiniest electrinos could then undergo particle or laser bombardment, which might rip them apart, yielding insight into a possible scaffolding composed of "electron" or "lepton" quarks.
Villa just don't score enough goals and Everton have the pace and power to rip them apart. Buy Everton supremacy at 0.2.
The giant clusters may last only a few hundred million more years before tidal forces at the galaxy's center rip them apart.
He couldn't let Dublin come on to them and rip them apart.
Setting dogs on animals to rip them apart is a barbaric blood sport which has no place in 21st century Britain if we are to call ourselves a civilised land.
The sharks rip them apart, dump them and then move on to the next prey.