tear through (something)(redirected from tear something to pieces)
tear through (something)
1. To perforate, lacerate, or rip through something with great speed or force. The child tore through the wrapping paper with manic excitement. I ended up tearing through the canvas as I tried to scrape some of the dried paint away.
2. To move through something or some place with great speed, especially in a headlong, reckless manner. It's no wonder you got hurt with the way you've been tearing through the kitchen like that! The burglar tore through the mall, with security guards in hot pursuit.
3. To cause a great amount of destruction while moving rapidly through something or some place. The hurricane tore through the town, leveling everything in its path. With all the dusty old books we keep in this warehouse, a fire would absolutely tear through the place, so we've got to be especially careful that nothing like that ever happens.
4. To progress through something with great speed or efficiency. You're going to make yourself sick tearing through your dinner like that. I used to tear through books when I was younger. Now, I'm lucky if I can get through one a month.
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tear someone or something to piecesand 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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
tear somebody/something to ˈpieces/ˈshredscriticize 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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1. To rip or lacerate something: The nail tore through my stocking. The hook caught on my shirt and tore it through.
2. To move through something with heedless speed; rush headlong through something: The student tore through the park on a bicycle.
3. To move through something with destructive force: The fire tore through the house.
4. To proceed with or accomplish something rapidly or hurriedly: The study group tore through the book the night before the final.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.