rip (someone or something) to pieces

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rip (someone or something) to pieces

1. Literally, to tear someone or something into several pieces. The dog got ahold of my report and ripped it to pieces! I know there's a stereotype that sharks will rip swimmers to pieces 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 to pieces. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to pieces, 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 to pieces, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to pieces at his annual performance review.
See also: piece, rip

rip someone or something to something

 
1. Lit. to tear someone or something into small pieces, expressed as bits, pieces, shreds, etc. If you fall into that lawn mower, it will rip you to pieces. The lawn mower ripped the newspaper to tiny bits.
2. Fig. to criticize someone or something mercilessly. The critics ripped Gerald to pieces even though the audience just loved his show. They ripped the whole production to pieces.
See also: 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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No need to restore the circulation to frozen digits, or rip them to pieces trying to extricate the next piece of tissue paper from its inaccessible holder.
The wheels will spin more than five times faster than those on a formula one racing car, generating forces that could rip them to pieces.
If they play like they did yesterday the Portuguese side will rip them to pieces.
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TAKE That can't wait to come to Hampden next year, but they admit they're worried fans will rip them to pieces.