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.

Word by Word Definitions

tear play
  1. : to separate parts of or pull apart by force : rend

  2. : to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force : lacerate

  3. : to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

  1. : damage from being torn (see 1tear)

  2. : the act of tearing something

  3. : a hurried and violent rush : a tearing pace

  1. : a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion

  2. : a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face

  3. : an act of weeping or grieving

  1. : to fill with tears (see 3tear) : shed tears

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

shred play shreds
  1. : a long narrow strip cut or torn off

  2. : a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition

  3. : particle, scrap

  1. : to cut off

  2. : to cut or tear into shreds

  3. : demolish


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