tear (someone or something) to pieces

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tear (someone or something) to pieces

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 tore it to pieces, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses tore him to pieces 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 tearing the place to pieces. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing tore her to pieces, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: piece, tear, to
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tear someone or something to pieces

 and tear someone or something to shreds
to rip or shred someone or something into bits. Careful of that dog. It will tear you to pieces! The dog tore the newspaper to pieces. It tore my shoes to shreds.
See also: piece, tear, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tear somebody/something to ˈpieces/ˈshreds

criticize somebody/something; completely destroy something: The press tore the Government’s economic plans to shreds.The Prime Minister tore his opponents’ arguments to pieces. OPPOSITE: praise somebody/something to the skies
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References in classic literature ?
If we leave that poor Marionette in his hands he may tear him to pieces!"
Now, to save his brother, held hostage by the Pirate King, Riden joins Alosas primarily female crew and struggles to cope with his growing attraction to a girl who can literally turn into a monster and tear him to pieces or drown him.
If he was, the cat would tear him to pieces. Still, he kept climbing.
One relative threatened to tear him to pieces. But the most moving part of the episode was when Motar faced one of his victims - a young man in a wheelchair who also lost his father in a car bombing done on behalf of the ISIS.
"I did say I would tear him to pieces if he went near kids again, but I was not the person who went back to his house later and broke in."
In the end Dionysus drives Pentheus insane and leads him to the mountains, where Pentheus' own mother, Agave, and the women of Thebes in a bacchic frenzy tear him to pieces.