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.
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tear someone or something to shreds (or pieces)

criticize someone or something aggressively. informal
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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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He dodged any reference to Europe or the economy, to avoid Blair tearing him to shreds.