v., informal 1. To start a fight with; attack. The puppy is tearing into the big dog. Synonym: PITCH INTO. 2. To quarrel with; scold. Mrs. Brown ripped into her daughter for coming home late. Synonym: BAWL OUT, LACE INTO, LAY OUT, LET HAVE IT.
Idiom(s): tear into sb or sth
to attack or fight with someone or something. • The boxer tore into his opponent. • The lion tore into the herd of zebras.
v. phr. To attack vigorously, physically or verbally. The anxious buyers tore into the wedding gowns on sale at the famous department store. See: RIP INTO.