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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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And it means New Zealand will not face a rematch against a player who tore them to shreds by launching a stunning counter-attack in the first Test in the summer which led to a memorable try for flanker Sean O'Brien.
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It capped a bad night for Arsenal as they were lucky to still be in the contest at half time as Southampton tore them to shreds.
First they smashed Russell Earnshaw's men 29-0 at Sharmans Cross in October and then they tore them to shreds 52-10 in the cup.
"We played some superb football in difficult conditions and tore them to shreds time and time again," said Collings.
Sporting coach Jose Pe - seiro's first priority at the Riverside Stadium was to avoid defeat but, having assessed themselves over the hosts in the first half, they tore them to shreds in the 20 minutes following the restart.
On Saturday,it was only Tom Smith's late try which saved Scotland after Fiji winger Rupeni Caucau had twice tore them to shreds.
They took things that were nice and decent and proper, and they tore them to shreds. That attracted me.
THE Crazy Gang nabbed first-team coach Lars Tjernaas's trousers on Saturday and tore them to shreds - but it was Newcastle who were caught with their pants down.
Shell-shocked Lochore didn't know what hit them as their Tayside rivals tore them to shreds with a devastating display of firepower.
But in that time Brive tore them to shreds to dash any hopes of the Cup going to Welford Road.
"We just tore them to shreds and, even after going down to 10 men, we scored another two goals.
The Hatters have been top of the pile for all but one week of the campaign so far but Barnsley tore them to shreds thanks to three goals in 10 first-half minutes from Chris Shuker (two) and Michael Chopra.
Gillingham were humbled by a former team mate Ade Akinbiyi, who with his striking partner Gifton Noel-Williams tore them to shreds.