rip the heart out of (something)

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rip the heart out of (something)

To remove, destroy, devastate, or totally undermine some essential or important aspect of something. This move by the government is going to force a lot of factories to close and rip the heart out of communities around the country. Senators added a number of amendments meant to rip the heart out of the tax bill.
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ˌrip/ˌtear the ˈheart out of something

destroy the most important part or aspect of something: Protestors say that closing the factory will tear the heart out of the local economy.
See also: heart, of, out, rip, something, tear
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