shred

Part of speech: verb

To tear or cut into shreds.

Part of speech: noun

A small strip torn or cut off; a bit; fragment.

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Usage examples "shred":

  1. Deeply conscious of the awkwardness this posture gave him, he yet clung to it as the last shred of his honour, to the clear argument that it was one thing for him to have felt beneath all others, the previous days, that she was to be counted on, but quite a different for her to have felt that he was. - "The Finer Grain", Henry James.
  2. You can't do it, he informed the detective vehemently; you haven't got a shred of evidence against me! - "The Black Bag", Louis Joseph Vance.
  3. Shortly after this, John Shakespeare is shorn of the last shred of his civic honours, being deprived of his office of alderman for non- attendance at the council meetings. - "Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592", Arthur Acheson.