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tear (or pull) someone/thing to pieces

Definition of tear or pull someone/thing to pieces in English:

Criticize someone or something harshly: theatre critics would tear the production to pieces
More example sentences
  • 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.’
  • 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.
Synonyms
criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, give a bad press to, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
British informal slate, rubbish, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel, cut up
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
rare excoriate
criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
British informal slate, rubbish, monster, slag off
North American informal pummel, cut something up
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
archaic slash
rare excoriate
See parent entry: piece

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