tear apart

phrasal verb

tore apart; torn apart; tearing apart; tears apart
: to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
I couldn't open the box nicely, so I just tore it apart.
often used figuratively
The robbers tore apart the house looking for the money.We tore the other team apart in yesterday's game.We can't agree, and it's tearing our family apart.
: to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way especially by describing weaknesses, flaws, etc.
The article tears apart the company's handling of the situation.
They tore him apart when he left.

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“Tear apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear%20apart. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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