Definition of “cut/tear sth/sb to ribbons” - English Dictionary

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“cut/tear sth/sb to ribbons” in British English

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cut/tear sth/sb to ribbons

to destroy or badly damage something or someone by cutting or tearing it, him, or her many times:

Our new kitten has torn the living room curtains to ribbons.
figurative The attacking soldiers were cut to ribbons (= killed) by machine gun fire.

(Definition of “cut/tear sth/sb to ribbons” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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