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To rip or pull something into pieces with force
“Grabbing the notes from the bed, she began to tear them into small pieces.”
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To split or pull something apart with force
“Take this scroll. If he is unwilling to submit, then tear the scroll apart and let him see what true strength truly is.”
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To wear away or cause damage through applied friction
“Narrow, loosely stitched seams pull out easily or may tear with wear or washing.”
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To cut or lacerate with something sharp
“Sharp and pointed canines of tigers help them tear the flesh of their prey.”
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To make a hole or split in something by snagging it on something else
“Be careful not to tear the plastic or break the aluminum strip.”
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To grab or remove by pulling forcefully
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“She was clutching a parcel very tightly as if she was afraid the wind would tear it out of her hands.”
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To injure a muscle or other organic tissue, typically with a sudden and extreme movement
“I don't want the horse to tear his ligaments because the shoe is on so tight.”
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To move very quickly in a reckless or excited manner
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“I'm grateful that vehicles can no longer tear along at high speeds with the new speed bumps.”
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(torn) To cause distress or anxiety to
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“A strange emptiness begins to tear away at him from inside, consuming his body piece by piece.”
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To rush about violently
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To force or break apart
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To strike or hit repeatedly
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Bite at or nibble something persistently
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To raise, move, or pull out or apart, typically with an instrument
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To cause damage to
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A hole or split in something caused by it having been pulled apart forcefully
“Her swollen forearm told its own story, as did the tear in her jeans and the bruise he could see forming on her shin.”
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A hole or slit in something caused by it having been cut with an implement
“The knife skims across my shirt, slicing a tear through it.”
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A drop of clear salty liquid secreted from glands in a person's eye when they cry or when the eye is irritated
“A tear rolled down her cheek.”
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A bout of revelry, especially involving heavy alcohol consumption
“That Kelly, when he goes on a tear, he don't wait for the bars to open.”
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A protracted state of agitation, fury, or zeal
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“When he goes on a tear, he really lays into anyone who disagrees with his personal opinions.”
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An injury to a muscle or other organic tissue
“As a result of the collision, Mr. Bryce suffered a tear to his medial collateral ligament in his left knee.”
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A very small drop
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The state of being irascible
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Cry
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A physical deformity that spoils the appearance or completeness of something
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Amusement, entertainment, occasionally to excess
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A short period of intense activity of a specified kind
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A period or instance of engaging in joyful activities
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A sudden panicked rush of a number of horses, cattle, or other animals
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Relating to vice or immorality
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