tear (someone or something) to shreds

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

tear someone or something to shreds (or pieces)

criticize someone or something aggressively. informal

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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Oprah was hand-picked by the Armstrong team because, as a cycling ignoramus, she was hardly likely to tear him to shreds.
And now, a Shakespearean performer who has stunned critics who had expected to tear him to shreds.
Fourth wife Mary asks: "If Sonny was such a wonderful husband to her, why did she divorce him - and then tear him to shreds in the Press?"