Definition of rip into in US English:

rip into

phrasal verb

informal
  • Make a vehement verbal attack on.

    ‘he ripped into me just for going into the trailer’
    • ‘O'Reilly rips into him and throws him off the show.’
    • ‘Bullying sergeants ripping into their soldiers might make good television, but the British army fears the reality TV show Lads Army is having a disastrous effect on efforts to recruit new troops.’
    • ‘When Kerry needed that support, those types turn on him and start ripping into him for NOT SAYING what they wanted him to say exactly the way they wanted him to say it.’
    • ‘And once again, Michael Massing rips into what we think is the free press.’
    • ‘There are undoubtedly chefs who believe reviewers go out with the express intention of ripping into a restaurant, but that doesn't tally with my experience.’
    • ‘Seacrest retaliates by ripping into Cowell's choice of car.’
    • ‘The Kiwi was ripping into the Aussie with relish and, following a string of Wombat and Kangaroo one-liners, he began ridiculing the Australian work ethic.’
    • ‘Using the framework of the division of class, it rips into gender relationships with passionate honesty and superb brutality, challenging assumptions and uncovering uncomfortable truths.’
    • ‘I don't see ever ripping into another journalist.’
    • ‘Chomsky rips into the scam of wiping the U.S. government's slate clean.’
    • ‘The defence had been expected to rip into the witness's credibility, citing false claims in the past for sexual harassment and welfare payments.’
    • ‘Just to be balanced, Jenkins still rips into rich bigots.’
    • ‘Chris had cowered about in silence as the prosecuting attorneys had gone through question after question, each ripping into him one after another.’
    • ‘Watergate was a scandal Mr. Rather thoroughly enjoyed since he built his career on ripping into Richard Nixon.’
    • ‘I've never read him ripping into anyone - which as any critic will tell you - is jolly good fun once in a while.’