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
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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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Maybe, despite her 'People's Princess' image Kate would have pronounced: "Thank you, I will take that for my dog to rip to shreds." It could have been: "Thank you I will take that for my dad, he likes to see what the great unwashed hoi-polloi keep as trinkets." However, with her sunny smile and flawless manners I'm sure Kate's not like that.
That means that thousands of jolly hooray Henry-style jocks in jodhpurs now have the weekends free with no little furry animals to chase, nothing for the hounds to rip to shreds, and no trophies to mount in their libraries at home.
It is hard to believe that the darts pundits and fans are about to rip to shreds a man who has done so much to put what is essentially a pub game so firmly on the sporting map.