Tear Apart Meaning

(transitive, figuratively) to severely defeat

Example:   She tore her ex-boyfriend’s clothes apart in fury.
2003 The Room
  Johnny: You are lying! I never hit you! You are tearing me apart, Lisa!
  The bomb tore apart most of the town hall.
  1979, Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  Love, love will tear us apart again
2011 February 1, Keir Murray, “Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic”[1], BBC:
  But Celtic could smell blood and they tore the Reds apart in the 12th minute.