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  1. HaraKiriBlade's Avatar
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    rip something a new one?

    To use the vernacular, Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin ripped the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board a new one this week.
    What does this mean?

    Almost in passing, he dispenses with it as "unreasonable, oppressive, unjust ... wrong", all failings it is his job to report under the Ombudsman Act.
    dispenses with = manages without / do away with. But even replacing it with the alternatives does not do me good to understand what it means in the sentence. I get the sense that Andre Marin is bashing the CICB, but can't figure out what it exactly means.

    all failings it is his job to report under the Ombudsman Act. - the sentence does not seem to connect, between 'all fallings' and 'it is his job to report...' does this look OK to you?

    And what does the whole sentence mean in general?


    Thanks for your time and effort.

    - HKB

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    Re: rip something a new one?

    "To tear someone a new one" means to thoroughly reprimand them, yell at them, subject them to a verbal thrashing. The actual full idiom is much cruder, so usually the euphemism "a new one" is used in print and in polite company.

    The second sentence is phrased very awkwardly. What the writer is trying to say is that as Ombudmsman, it is Andre Marin's job to report such failings, or things that the CIBC is doing wrong (" unreasonable, oppressive, unjust ... wrong"), to his superiors. The writer is implying that Marin didn't do what he was supposed to.

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