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tear sb/sth apart

verb uk phrasal verb with tear   /teər/ us    /ter/ (tore, torn)
C2 to criticize something or someone severely: The speaker was applauded as he tore apart the prime minister's policies.
Translations of “tear sb/sth apart”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲批評…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉批评…
(Definition of tear sb/sth apart from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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