rip apart

phrasal verb

ripped apart; ripping apart; rips apart
: to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
The child ripped the toy apart.
Strong winds had ripped apart many of the little beach bungalows.
often used figuratively
a tragedy/scandal that almost ripped the family apart
: to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way especially by describing weaknesses, flaws, etc.
Critics ripped the author's latest novel apart.
an article that rips apart the mayor's plan

Examples of rip apart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Boeing, five straight years of disastrous airplane design and quality problems have ripped apart its reputation as America’s premier aviation icon. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 Private Tretiak, with shrapnel wounds in both legs from grenade explosions and his right hand ripped apart by a bullet, reloaded magazines for his comrade. Marc Santora, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 This was moments after a war in which many homes were ripped apart beyond repair or belief. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023 When a star is ripped apart by the gravitational forces of a black hole, what is left of the star is heated so much by the intensity of those forces that a flare occurs. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2023 The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which had been a site for civil rights activity, was ripped apart by a bomb on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four young girls and injuring several others before Sunday services. USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Tetiana’s leg was ripped apart, and a bullet had torn through his arm. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 But their world is turned upside down and the fabric of their reality is ripped apart when wanted criminals show up at their door, turning their lives into a horrific bloodbath. William Earl, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Domenica Bongiovanni One of the Jurassic Period's fiercest predators, known for ripping apart its prey before gulping it down, has arrived at The Children's Museum. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2024

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“Rip apart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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