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.

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“Pick (someone or something) to pieces/shreds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20(someone%20or%20something)%20to%20pieces/shreds. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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