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English definition of “tear sb/sth apart”

tear sb/sth apart

phrasal verb with tear     /teər/ US  /ter/ verb (tore, torn)
C2 to criticize something or someone severely: The speaker was applauded as he tore apart the prime minister's policies.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
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