pick (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

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Definition of pick (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

: to study and criticize all of the parts of (someone or something)
  • The media picked his personal life to pieces.
  • Her ideas were picked to shreds by her coworkers.

Word by Word Definitions

pick play
  1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

  2. : to remove bit by bit

  3. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

  3. : the best or choicest one

  1. : a heavy, usually long-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. : toothpick

  3. : picklock

  1. : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

  2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. : the act of pitching or throwing

  2. : something thrown

  3. : a throw of the shuttle

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

shred play shreds
  1. : a long narrow strip cut or torn off

  2. : a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition

  3. : particle, scrap

  1. : to cut off

  2. : to cut or tear into shreds

  3. : demolish


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