rip apart

phrasal verb
ripped apart; ripping apart; rips apart

Definition of rip apart

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 : 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

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“Rip apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rip%20apart. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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