tear into someone

tear into

1. To begin violently or aggressively eating someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "into." I was so hungry that I tore into the cheap hamburger like it was the most delicious thing I'd ever eaten. The pack of wolves were already tearing into the hiker by the time I found him.
2. To criticize or reproach someone or something in a severe and merciless manner. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "into." The boss tore into me for how I bungled the Jefferson account. I can hear Mom tearing into Dad again about his gambling.
See also: tear

tear into someone

in. to scold someone severely; to attack someone. I was late, and the super tore into me like a mad dog.
See also: someone, tear