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shred noun

1 small thin piece of sth

ADJ. fine, thin | tattered the tattered shreds of their flag

PREP. in/into ~s Cut the orange peel into fine shreds. (figurative) Their economy is in shreds. | ~ of leaving just a few shreds of cloth

PHRASES cut/rip/tear sth to shreds (figurative) Their case was torn to shreds by the defence lawyer.

2 very small amount of sth

ADJ. every With her had gone every shred of hope he had for the future. | last, remaining She was hanging on to the last remaining shreds of her reputation.

PREP. ~ of There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that we will win.

PHRASES not a/the slightest shred of sth, not/without a shred of evidence