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
ADV. finely Shred the lettuce leaves finely.