1. phrasal verb
If something rips people apart, it causes them to quarrel or fight so seriously that they can no longer be friends.
[V n P (not pron)] ⇒ He said that communal carnage was ripping the country apart.
[V n P (not pron)] ⇒ To have fought Paul on this would have risked ripping the family apart. [Also V P n]
2. phrasal verb → rip If you rip someone apart or rip their opinion apart, you criticize them and say publicly that they are wrong, often by laughing at what they have said or done.
[V n P] ⇒ The presenters and audience ripped her apart, enjoying a laugh at her expense.
[V n P] ⇒ We are the only paper in Britain that has consistently ripped apart these shallow
lies and half-truths. [Also V P n (not pron)]
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