rip apart

Definition of rip apart

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to tear or split apart or open

    :  to saw or split (wood) with the grain

    :  to slash or slit with or as if with a sharp blade

  1. :  a rent made by ripping :  tear

    :  cut

  1. :  a body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides, currents, or winds

    :  a current of water roughened by passing over an irregular bottom

    :  rip current

  1. :  a dissolute person :  libertine

  1. :  at a little distance

    :  away from one another in space or time

    :  as a separate unit :  independently

  1. :  separate, isolated

    :  holding different opinions :  divided

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