shot to ribbons

shoot to ribbons

To shoot something multiple times and thus break it into pieces or destroy it. A noun or pronoun is used between "shoot" and "to ribbons." The gangsters shot the poor man to ribbons right on the doorstep of his house. Rebel soldiers shot the government building to ribbons during their attack.
See also: ribbon, shoot

shot to ribbons

Shot multiple times and thus broken into pieces or destroyed. Police found the gangster shot to ribbons. My car was parked outside of the bank during the robbery, and it ended up shot to ribbons during the ensuing gunfight with police.
See also: ribbon, shot
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Their defence is shot to ribbons and they lack penetration in attack.
There is no doubt that the myth of 'these are the games we can win, these are the games we can't win' has been shot to ribbons.
She has a good job in local government and her reputation will be shot to ribbons if it gets in the newspapers.
If only someone had told Dunfermline to stay the hell out of Dodge there would have been no casualties at all but the Fifers strayed almost unsuspectingly into the OK Corral and were shot to ribbons in the cross-fire.