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1    claw, divide, lacerate, mangle, mutilate, pull apart, rend, rip, rive, run, rupture, scratch, sever, shred, split, sunder  
2    barrel (along)     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   belt     (slang)   bolt, burn rubber     (informal)   career, charge, dart, dash, fly, gallop, hurry, race, run, rush, shoot, speed, sprint, zoom  
3    grab, pluck, pull, rip, seize, snatch, wrench, wrest, yank  
4    hole, laceration, mutilation, rent, rip, run, rupture, scratch, split  
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  ( tears    plural  )   (CRYING)  
1       n-count   Tears are the drops of salty liquid that come out of your eyes when you are crying.  
usu pl  
Her eyes filled with tears..., I didn't shed a single tear.     
2       n-plural   You can use tears in expressions such as in tears, burst into tears, and close to tears to indicate that someone is crying or is almost crying.  
He was in floods of tears on the phone..., She burst into tears and ran from the kitchen...     
    crocodile tears  

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tear          [2]     ( tears    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tearing    present participle)   ( tore    past tense)   ( torn    past participle  )   (DAMAGING OR MOVING)  
Please look at category 8 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.     
1       verb   If you tear    paper, cloth, or another material, or if it tears, you pull it into two pieces or you pull it so that a hole appears in it.      
She very nearly tore my overcoat...      V n  
Mary Ann tore the edge off her napkin...      V n prep  
He took a small notebook from his jacket pocket and tore out a page...      V n with adv  
Too fine a material may tear...      V  
Nancy quickly tore open the envelope...      V n with adj  
He noticed that fabric was tearing away from the plane's wing...      V prep/adv  
He went ashore leaving me to start repairing the torn sail.      V-ed  
      Tear up means the same as tear   ., phrasal verb      
She tore the letter up...      V n P  
Don't you dare tear up her ticket.      V P n (not pron)  
...a torn up photograph.      V-ed P  
2       n-count   A tear    in paper, cloth, or another material is a hole that has been made in it.      
I peered through a tear in the van's curtains.     
3       verb   If you tear    one of your muscles or ligaments, or if it tears, you injure it by accidentally moving it in the wrong way.      
He tore a muscle in his right thigh...      V n  
If the muscle is stretched again it could even tear.      V  
...torn ligaments.      V-ed  
4       verb   To tear    something from somewhere means to remove it roughly and violently.      
She tore the windscreen wipers from his car...      V n prep  
He tore down the girl's photograph, and crumpled it into a ball.      V n with adv  
5       verb   If a person or animal tears at something, they pull it violently and try to break it into pieces.   (=rip)  
Female fans fought their way past bodyguards and tore at his clothes.      V at n  
6       verb   If you tear    somewhere, you move there very quickly, often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way.       (=rush)  
The door flew open and Miranda tore into the room...      V prep/adv  
7       v-passive   If you say that a place is tornby particular events, you mean that unpleasant events which cause suffering and division among people are happening there.  
...a country that has been torn by civil war and foreign invasion since its independence.      be V-ed by n  
  -torn      comb in adj  
...the riot-torn areas of Los Angeles.     
    wear and tear   tear apart  
1       phrasal verb   If something tears people apart, it causes them to quarrel or to leave each other.  
War and revolution have torn families apart.      V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If something tears you apart, it makes you feel very upset, worried, and unhappy.  
Don't think it hasn't torn me apart to be away from you.      V n P   tear away      phrasal verb   If you tear    someone awayfrom a place or activity, you force them to leave the place or stop doing the activity, even though they want to remain there or carry on.      
oft with brd-neg  
Fame hasn't torn her away from her beloved Liverpool...      V n P from n  
Japan's education ministry ordered the change to encourage students to tear themselves away from textbooks...      V pron-refl P from n  
I stared at the man, couldn't tear my eyes away.      V n P, Also V pron-refl P   tear down      phrasal verb   If you tear    something down, you destroy it or remove it completely.       (=pull down)  
Angry Russians may have torn down the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky...      V P n (not pron)  
I imagine they'll be tearing the building down sooner or later.      V n P   tear into      phrasal verb   If you tear into someone, you criticize them very angrily and strongly.  
INFORMAL   I had a real row with him. I tore into him.      V P n   tear off      phrasal verb   If you tear off your clothes, you take them off in a rough and violent way.  
Totally exhausted, he tore his clothes off and fell into bed...      V n P  
Fuentes tore off his hat and flung it to the ground.      V P n (not pron)   tear up  
1       phrasal verb   If something such as a road, railway, or area of land is torn up, it is completely removed or destroyed.  
Dozens of miles of railway track have been torn up...      be V-ed P  
The company came under furious attack from environmentalists for tearing up the forests.      V P n (not pron)  
    tear 1  

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See also:

tears, tears, tea, tearful

blood, sweat and tears id.
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie

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