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English definition of “tear/rip sb/sth to shreds”

tear/rip sb/sth to shreds

to strongly criticize a person or something they do, think , or say: The critics tore his performance to shreds .Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation to damage someone or something badly : My trousers were torn to shreds when I fell off my bike .Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of tear/rip sb/sth to shreds from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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