tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

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

: to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way They tore my idea to pieces. The actress was torn to shreds in the press.

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“Tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20to%20pieces%2Fshreds. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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