Definition of tear (or rip or pull) someone/something to pieces in English:

tear (or rip or pull) someone/something to pieces

phrase

  • Criticize someone or something harshly.

    ‘theatre critics would tear the production to pieces’
    • ‘Anyone would think the city is the worst place in the world the way some folk pull it to pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘And he often goes in circles and becomes self-contradictory too, but let's not completely pull the man to pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The German Federal Administrative Court has now pulled this argument to pieces and overturned it juridically.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then ‘take pen and paper’ and ‘pull the story to pieces and then reconstruct it himself’.’
    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, give a bad press to, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
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