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tear into

Definition of tear into in English:

1Attack verbally: she tore into him: ‘Don’t you realize what you’ve done to me?’
More example sentences
  • Nasser Hussain had a reputation for verbally tearing into his bowlers, and Hoggard was one of his victims.
  • Dáily Mirror columnist Sue Carroll tore into Jonsson's decision not to name her attacker.
  • The Tracey Review tore into Captain Toohey's reasoning and his explosive conclusions, and this is the report the Government released last night.
Synonyms
attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, lay into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub;
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
informal lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about/around, rough up
British informal have a go at
2Make an energetic or enthusiastic start on: a jazz trio are tearing into the tune with gusto
More example sentences
  • Holding the edge following a 9-8 triumph at Meadowbank a year ago, the Scots tore into attack.
  • And it was the solid base provided by Nash and his defensive colleagues that enabled City's attackers to tear into Norwich in the second half.
  • The 33-year-old Kaluwitharana, playing his first Test in two years, justified his selection by tearing into the Kiwi attack with 13 boundaries.
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