to rip into

Idiom Definition 1

Idioms Definition - rip into

"to rip into"

to attack someone or something by ripping


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Idiom Definition 2

Idioms Definition - rip into

"to rip into"

to vehemently criticize someone or something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idioms Definition - rip into

Two parents are talking ...

Father:  Do you think Timmy likes the birthday present we got for him?

Mother:  Look at the way he's attacking the wrapping paper.  I'd say he's very excited.

Father:  Yes, you're right.  Timmy sure is ripping into his gift.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idioms Definition - rip into

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  What's happening?

Coworker 2:  Looks like someone is in trouble.

Coworker 1:  The boss does seem to be very upset and he is yelling all sorts of critical remarks.

Coworker 2:  I'd say that the boss is definitely ripping into someone.

to rip into - Usage:


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to rip into - Gerund Form:

Ripping into a trash bag desperately trying to find a lost earring is not fun.

Ripping into your political opponents seems commonplace nowadays.

to rip into - Examples:

1)  As the croc rolls, his teeth rip into Barry's skin.

2)  The blogger praised Madonna for several paragraphs. Then she started to rip into her for not being able to age so gracefully.

3)  I heard this exact comment less than a month ago and I really wanted to rip into the person and I am pretty non-confrontational.

4)  But since this was a beautiful drive, everyone agreed to rip into Erin until she gave in and let Charlie choose some more fitting music.

5)  Yeah, we also don't have fangs to rip into an animal to eat it. We use utensils.

6)  I loved that. We didn't all rip into our presents all at once, we would open one at a time.

7)  All the better to rip into prey. 

8)  They kept returning to the area of the carcass where the orcas were ripping into the blubber of the dead calf.

9)  The Germans discovered the stove and beat the Capo bloody, ripping into her flesh with their truncheons.

10)  When the newspaper tracked him down, he was ripping into an orange with dirt-caked fingernails.

11)  She starts ripping into me for getting stuff she and Jim don't like.

12)  It felt like someone was ripping into my uterus with razor sharp claws.

13)  The Canadian Taxpayers Federation ripped into the Harper government over the revision in its deficit-cutting timetable.

14)  Some players respond better to getting ripped into than being told: "Oh you'll get them next time".

15)  Romney ripped into Obama for denigrating entrepreneurs.

16)  Last week, Julia Gillard ripped into Tony Abbott, calling him sexist and a misogynist.

17)  Kane's masterful campaign rips into his opponent mercilessly.

18)  Yi Soo calls Do Jin out and rips into him for breaking the promises that he made to her while they were dating.

19)  The dragon didn't let go. With its mouth clenched shut, teeth ripping into his flesh, Maen had to think fast.

20)  They see political parties ripping into each other in the media over policies that have already been endorsed by Parliament.