tear into something

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.
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tear into something

in. to begin eating food with gusto. The family tore into the mountain of food like they hadn’t eaten since breakfast—which was true, in fact. Jimmy tore into the turkey leg and cleaned it off in no time.
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