One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Criticize someone or something aggressively.‘a defence counsel would tear his evidence to shreds’
- ‘How do you get to the point where you can create something without wanting to tear it to pieces five seconds later?’
- ‘I suspect that every Opposition MP would give his or her eye teeth at the moment to listen in on a Labour Party caucus that is tearing itself to pieces.’
- ‘The pair are drawn into China's struggle, as nationalists, communists and warlords tear each other to pieces and Japan lurks in the shadows, waiting to pounce.’
- ‘For Kierkegaard, the god torn to pieces is Christ, a transcendent God who has come down into the world.’
- ‘All because of a bold and sporty declaration by Sobers for which he was torn to pieces by the press.’
- ‘In all the years I have attended, I have never seen a lecturer torn to pieces like that.’
- ‘There is almost nobody in this town who is not tearing him to pieces, said a congressional aide.’
- ‘The next quarter Cupido came on and went absolutely ga-ga and tore the opposition to pieces.’
- ‘There's a moment where everyone is just deconstructing the song, tearing it to pieces, which was the point of what we were doing this time.’
- ‘In this country we tend to either over praise someone, before knocking them down, or we just tear them to pieces straight away.’
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