to tear into

Idiom Definition 1

Idioms Definition - tear into

"to tear into"

to attack someone or something by tearing


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Idiom Definition 2

Idioms Definition - tear into

"to tear into"

to vehemently criticize someone or something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idioms Definition - tear 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 tearing into his gift.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idioms Definition - tear 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 tearing into someone.

to tear into - Usage:


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to tear into - Gerund Form:

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

Tearing into your political opponents seems commonplace nowadays.

to tear into - Examples:

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

2)  The blogger praised Madonna for several paragraphs. Then she started to tear 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 tear into the person and I am pretty non-confrontational.

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

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

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

7)  All the better to tear into prey. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15)  Romney tore into Obama for denigrating entrepreneurs.

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

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

18)  Yi Soo calls Do Jin out and tears 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 tearing into his flesh, Maen had to think fast.

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