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Verb: tear apart (tore apart,torn apart)
Usage: informal
  1. Express a totally negative opinion of
    "The critics tore apart the performance";
    - pan [informal], trash [informal]
  2. Search thoroughly
    "the police tore apart the house"
  3. Cause distress or discordance
    "a community torn apart by violence"

Derived forms: torn apart, tearing apart, tears apart, tore apart

Type of: belittle, disparage, pick at