Adjective "Shred" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A strip of material, such as paper, cloth, or food, that has been torn, cut, or scraped from something larger.
  1. 'At one point, the flags were literally torn to shreds.'
  2. 'Yet the real battle for England is hoping its cricket revival is not going to be torn to shreds in this game by a rampant Aussie team who simply refuse to show any mercy to the old enemy.'
  3. 'In death, Dorris's reputation was torn to shreds.'
  4. 'Her heart ached as the coldness gripped her and tore the dress to pieces, only shreds of innocent cloth lingering between her forsaken fingers.'
  5. 'Its wooing of such a company, in the eyes of many, shredded public confidence in the agency.'
  6. 'The first half saw the Waterford defence torn to shreds with just Karl O'Keeffe and Paul Houlihan keeping the home side in the game at times.'
  7. 'This paper is not exhaustive and has only covered some of the areas in which the Constitution has been violated and its ideology torn to shreds.'
  8. 'The feathers came from Kathy's parka, torn to shreds.'
  9. 'A hare is be given a short head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, soon to be pursued by a shouting pack of harriers.'
  10. 'By the sides of the road, triangular signs warned us presence of wind socks, but those that we saw had been torn to shreds by the Atlantic gale, and so posed no risk to anyone.'
  11. 'The form book was torn to shreds, however, at Walsh Park on Saturday as the Carrickbeg men totally outplayed a ragged Dunhill side to clinch their semi-final place.'
  12. 'We want the British constitution torn to shreds and reformulated in the interests of working people.'
  13. 'The policeman noted that there were multiple pieces of the curtains torn to shreds.'
  14. 'The form-book has certainly been torn to shreds in the play-off stages of this fascinating intermediate championship.'
  15. 'What kind of sport is it that accepts one animal being torn to shreds by another?'
  16. 'The others would have joined him if they didn't still retain a shred of dignity, but all the same, they were immensely relieved to be back on solid ground, some more than others.'
  17. 'But not a shred of evidence has ever been produced to suggest, for example, that our intelligence service is not under the control of the government.'
  18. 'The drubbing is so complete that any filmmaker with even a shred of dignity would never pick up a camera without mounting a serious counter rebuttal.'
  19. 'This feat did not cost $4,000, and it left us with a shred of dignity.'
  20. 'In order to retain a shred of dignity, therefore, you should do as little work as possible while pretending to work.'
  21. 'To date, however, there is not a shred of credible evidence to support the belief that ETs have already visited us.'
  22. 'Idi's out of a coma, possibly blind, possibly brain-damaged, certainly in intense discomfort from renal failure, and without a shred of human dignity.'
  23. 'There's still a shred of dignity to be salvaged there, I think.'
  24. 'They lay stark naked, without a shred of dignity or decency in death.'
  25. 'Mortified by the embarrassment of this mistaken identity, I log off and retire to bed early to consider whether there's any possible way to turn this ridiculous situation around with a shred of dignity.'


Tear or cut into shreds.
  1. 'I poked it gently with the knife, even though I could see that it had been shredded, it had given its life for the family.'
  2. 'You place them into a box and no sooner is your back turned than they've shredded the box and disappeared.'
  3. 'I run my tongue over it gently, shredding it before grinding it between my well-developed teeth.'
  4. 'In a small bowl mix the juice of the lime with the fish sauce, sugar and the very finely shredded lime leaves.'
  5. 'Corsham Town Council is opposing a landowner who wants to use his industrial land for shredding motor tyres.'
  6. 'The tender inside leaves can be shredded finely for tasty salads and braised red cabbage is fantastic.'
  7. 'The cabbage was shredded and packed in layers with salt, juniper and barberries, pepper, and spices.'
  8. 'It will then be shredded and spread across the borough's parks to suppress weeds and put nutrients back into the soil.'
  9. 'You may want to consider shredding the leaves and use it as winter mulch.'
  10. 'The garden shredder also aids in shredding debris from punning your hedges.'
  11. 'They took my identification papers and started to shred them.'
  12. 'He has also raised questions over whether e-mails were deleted or documents shredded.'
  13. 'A recent report has found that two thirds of us now regularly shred or destroy personal documents, and 12% take extra care when using the internet.'
  14. 'Deleting e-mail is like shredding documents - it destroys evidence forever.'
  15. 'Fortunately, most firms now make a habit of shredding documents they no longer need.'
Play a very fast, intricate style of rock lead guitar.
  1. 'Several overlapping vocals are thrown over a punky guitar that shreds quickly over repeated cymbal crashes in the background.'
  2. 'I was impressed at how you can revive the 80's guitar shredding days without altering a thing.'
  3. 'Tony was in a band called The Ninth Plague and basically shreds on the guitar.'
  4. 'Unfortunately, the eviscerated shredding he applies in "Hallelujah!" engages initially for its novelty, but grows tiresome over repeated listenings.'
  5. 'Dime was an incredible musician and person who influenced thousands of guitarists and pushed guitar shredding to a higher degree for many years.'

More definitions

1. a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.

2. a bit; scrap: We haven't got a shred of evidence. verb (used with object), shredded or shred, shredding.

3. to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds. verb (used without object), shredded or shred, shredding.

4. to be cut up, torn, etc.: The blouse had shredded.

More examples(as adjective)

"syrups can be shred."

"people can be shred."


Late Old English scrēad ‘piece cut off’, scrēadian ‘trim, prune’, of West Germanic origin; related to shroud.


in shreds
tear someone/something to shreds