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Definition of shred noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shred

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ʃred//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃred//
     
     
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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. Word Origin late Old English scrēad ‘piece cut off’, scrēadian ‘trim, prune’, of West Germanic origin; related to shroud.Extra examples Just a few shreds of cloth were left. She was hanging on to the last remaining shreds of her reputation. Their case was torn to shreds by the defence lawyer. Their economy is in shreds. There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that we will win. There is not one shred of evidence in this case. This is an old story without a shred of truth to it. With her had gone every shred of hope he had for the future. the tattered shreds of their flagIdioms
    1. 1very badly damaged synonym in tatters 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
     
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    (informal) to criticize somebody, or their work or ideas, very severely
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