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Definition of shred noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually plural] a small thin piece that has been torn or cut from something synonym scrap shreds of paper His jacket had been torn to shreds by the barbed wire. Cut the orange peel into thin shreds.
  2. 2[usually singular] shred of something (used especially in negative sentences) a very small amount of something There is not a shred of evidence to support his claim. Couldn't he leave her some shred of dignity?
  3. Idioms
    1. 1very badly damaged synonym Her nerves were in shreds. The country's economy is in shreds.
    2. 2torn in many places The document was in shreds on the floor.
    pick/pull/tear somebody/something to pieces/shreds (informal)
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    to criticize someone, or their work or ideas, very severely
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