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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References in classic literature ?
In another instant they would be upon him, rending and tearing until that perfect form had been ripped to shreds; but again the ring parted, and though the apes roared and menaced him they did not attack, and at last he stood in the inner circle close to the drum and faced the great king ape.
The 34-year-old supermarket manager said: "When he came back to the house, his top was ripped to shreds.
He had wounds to the head, arms and legs and believes his thick Puffa jacket, which was "ripped to shreds" saved his life.
Ben Affleck plays Nick, who finds himself the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, and his supposedly perfect marriage is ripped to shreds. (2014/18) ????
He has lost two stone and, in his own words - supported by evidence cheekily posted online after Graeme's last spray tan - he is "ripped to shreds".
Women fought over his gloves and handkerchiefs, which were ripped to shreds and shared as souvenirs.
My heart has been ripped to shreds, I need to spend time with my other kids now xxxx" Messages of support for Ben's family have poured in on social media.
ability ripped to shreds the Valencia defence under the watching eyes of the Real Madrid scouts who signed him the following summer for a fee of PS950,000.
The Wales coach saw his plans ripped to shreds during his side's 23-19 win against Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday when two of his most important players were carried off with serious injuries.
If this is passed then hares, deer and foxes will be chased to exhaustion and fear then ripped to shreds by packs of savage dogs.
I get ripped to shreds by the guys I work with - nearly every parcel delivered to the site is a "I play a lot of golf in the summer but over the winter months you can't get out to do things like that.
SHEFFIELD TIGERS 45 DUDLEY K'FORD 8 THE misery continued for Dudley Kingswingford as they were ripped to shreds by relegation-threatened Sheffield Tigers at Dore Moor.
And if politicians don't want their families ripped to shreds in the public arena - then they shouldn't be the ones to drag them into it.
"It was so strong his trousers were ripped to shreds and when he landed he went down face first and his nose started bleeding."