tear into something

tear into

1. To begin violently or aggressively eating something. I was so hungry that I tore into the cheap hamburger like it was the most delicious thing I'd ever eaten. I looked away when the wolves began to tear into their prey.
2. To criticize or reproach someone or something in a severe and merciless manner. 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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