to shreds


: into many long, thin pieces
The cats tore/ripped the curtain to shreds.

Examples of to shreds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tornadoes, the weather service said, are some of the most lethal weather events, with the most violent ones lifting cars in the air, ripping homes to shreds, and turning broken glass and other flying debris into deadly missiles. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2024 The black hole's gravity rips the star to shreds, resulting in a huge burst of radiation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2024 Advertisement More than an hour later, the Lakers having ripped the New Orleans Pelicans to shreds, James walked to the same spot on the floor. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2023 The family’s Christmas had been ripped to shreds by their toddler in only a few minutes — and the parents now had to race against time to put it all back together. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 The app launched Friday anyway and was immediately ripped to shreds by the Internet for many security issues. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 The merger, which probably happened between 8 billion and 11 billion years ago, would have catastrophically disrupted the young Milky Way, ripped the other galaxy to shreds, and sparked a firestorm of new star formation. WIRED, 12 Nov. 2023 And then periodically, Bertha and/or George will swoop in to absolutely tear one or more of them to shreds. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Oct. 2023 Those factors include warm ocean temperatures, which help feed tropical storms, and low wind shear, which allows a storm to retain its structure rather than be torn to shreds. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 25 Oct. 2023

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“To shreds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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