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English definition of “pick/pull sb/sth to pieces”

pick/pull sb/sth to pieces

informal
to criticize someone or something severely : The moment she left , the rest of the family started to pull her to pieces .Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of pick/pull sb/sth to pieces from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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