rip (someone or something) to bits

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rip (someone or something) to bits

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