tear into

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tear into

  1. To subject to a heavy attack, physical or figurative.
    • 2011 January 5, Jonathan Stevenson, “Arsenal 0 - 0 Man City”, in BBC[1]:
      They tore into a stunned City and there was only a minute on the clock when Samir Nasri slipped Jack Wilshere into the area, the 19-year-old's left-foot pass to the far post agonisingly evading a lunging Van Persie.