One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Criticize someone or something harshly.‘theatre critics would tear the production to pieces’
criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, give a bad press to, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savagecriticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savageView synonyms
- ‘And he often goes in circles and becomes self-contradictory too, but let's not completely pull the man to pieces.’
- ‘I was totally ready to pull his presentation to pieces and save these people from a terrible fate (although I got the impression that they were ready to save themselves).’
- ‘If the left is supposed to be about internationalism and solidarity then the arguments of the anti-war left can be pulled to pieces in five minutes.’
- ‘Then ‘take pen and paper’ and ‘pull the story to pieces and then reconstruct it himself’.’
- ‘Last week he told friends: ‘Over the 24 hours after hearing from Budd about the e-mails, I knew that my reputation would be pulled to pieces.’’
- ‘Anyone would think the city is the worst place in the world the way some folk pull it to pieces.’
- ‘Where there is no deceit or intention to defraud, a court will be less ready to pull a transaction to pieces, but in cases of conscious fraud it will exercise its jurisdiction to the full.’
- ‘We will not pull them to pieces, as the Party will want to do.’
- ‘The Reds' semi-final exit at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen has led to yet another onslaught by those critics who relish pulling United to pieces.’
- ‘The German Federal Administrative Court has now pulled this argument to pieces and overturned it juridically.’
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