tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

idiom

: 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.

Examples of tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then sit back and watch the Swifties unleash their fury and tear to shreds the Gordian knot that was once catastrophic global warming. Ivan Ehlers, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2023 And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale! Coincidence? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 Aug. 2020

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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 13 Apr. 2024.

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