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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"Boro looked like a group of strangers in the opening 15 minutes as Bradford ripped them to shreds," read Eric Paylor's verdict in the Gazette.
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Conceding that early try didn't help us but the way we came back; we ripped them to shreds.
She ripped them to shreds. He crossed the wrong woman."
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"Ten-man Rovers had man Rovers had T no answer as Boro ripped them to shreds, with Hasselbaink's clinical finishing ensuring that Boro's dominance was turned into goals.
"Morton aren't a bad team but we ripped them to shreds and it could have easily been 10-0."
Sheffield Wednesday was reportedly one of our toughest games on Tuesday but we ripped them to shreds.