tear (someone or something) to pieces

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tear (someone or something) to pieces

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 pieces, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses tore him to pieces 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 pieces. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing tore her to pieces, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: piece, tear, to
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tear someone or something to pieces

 and 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.
See also: piece, tear, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 added: "It destroyed us, it really tore us to pieces for the next two years and nine months while we fought a massive battle to bring Sean back to life.
Coleman said: "I remember we got a draw against Liverpool at home but when we went to Anfield for the replay they tore us to pieces.
"They tore us to pieces in the first 20 minutes but we contributed to our own downfall - we normally compete and pass the ball well but we didn't do that today.
"I am satisfied with the outcome because on their last visit Cliftonville absolutely tore us to Pieces and therefore I see this result in a positive light."
"Every time we went to Rangers, Sinclair tore us to pieces. Also he can play in several positions."
Patience, discipline and concentration got us through after the first 15 minutes when Stuttgart tore us to pieces. That surprised us and they went for it.