Definition of cut or tear something to ribbons in English:

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cut (or tear) something to ribbons

1Cut (or tear) something so badly that only ragged strips remain: the counterpane had been cut to ribbons
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  • The machete stabbed and slashed, cutting his shirt to ribbons.
  • Take one item, set it on fire or tear it to ribbons (you'll love it, trust me), then box the rest up and send them to the Goodwill.
  • At the height of the battle, three other enemy ships were also pouring death into the ‘Billy Ruffian'. Shot tore away sails, ripped up deck planking, cut hammocks to ribbons and hurled guns from their carriages.
1.1Damage something severely: the country has seen its economy torn to ribbons by recession
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  • On the physical side my hands are cut to ribbons, I have never cut and scratched myself at work like I have in the past few weeks, this also included a major electric shock which left a burn on my right wrist (now faded).
  • It was fine with people, as far as we knew, but it nearly tore another dog to ribbons and the staff had to deal with that.
  • Apparently it's not enough to sue 12 year-old girls, they have to make make sure your favourite TV shows are cut to ribbons as well.
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