As Harp and Robin explain in this episode, to tear a strip off someone, is to get very upset at them and to express that emotion in a very harsh and angry way. This could involve yelling or screaming, or just very angry, mean words.
As you can imagine, literally getting a strip torn off you would be a very painful experience. Getting a strip torn off you in the idiomatic sense is often very painful in an emotional way!
Expressions included in the learning materials
- To tear a strip off someone
- To chew someone out
- To give someone a piece of your mind
- On your mind
- To clench
- To cheat on someone
- All of a sudden
- To go crazy
- To flip out
- For now
Robin: To tear a strip off someone.
Harp: Yeah, to tear a strip off someone.
Robin: And what does that mean?
Harp: When you tear a strip off somebody, you speak to them in an angry, aggressive way, because you don’t like what they’ve done.
Robin: Someone’s done something bad and you’re extremely angry, your face is red, and your fists are clenched, and you start yelling at them, screaming at them.
Harp: Yeah exactly. When you’re doing that you’re tearing a strip off them.
Robin: Absolutely. Have you ever been in a situation, or have you ever witnessed someone getting a strip torn off of them?
Harp: For sure. Just last week, I was taking the bus and I was waiting at the bus stop, minding my own business, when all of a sudden this couple came to
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