Definition of Tear off

1. Verb. Rip off violently and forcefully. "The passing bus tore off her side mirror"

Exact synonyms: Tear Away
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

Definition of Tear off

1. Verb. (transitive) To rip away from; to pull a piece from forcibly. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To leave or depart rapidly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tear Off

tear a strip off somebody
tear along
tear apart
tear away
tear down
tear drop fracture
tear duct
tear film
tear gas
tear gases
tear gland
tear into
tear off (current term)
tear one's hair out
tear sac
tear sheet
tear stone
tear up
tear up the pea patch
teardrop tubeshoulder

Literary usage of Tear off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the French Revolution by Adolphe Thiers, Frederic Shoberl (1866)
"We will tear off all possible masks. Let not the indulgents imagine that it is for them that we have fought, that it is for them we have here held glorious ..."

2. The Novelist's Magazine (1782)
"... he would run after Father Raphael, and bring him back, or tear off his beard hair by hair; that if he brought it, without leaving any behind, . ..."

3. Neuman and Baretti's Dictionary of the Spanish and English Languages by Henry Neuman, Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti (1842)
"To tear off the nails 2. To pull out the roots of trees.—vr. To plunge into rice and disorder. ... tear off ..."

4. Battles for the Union: Comprising Descriptions of Many of the Most by Willard W. Glazier (1875)
""tear off Your Chevrons."—Successful Stand.—Charge of the Harris Light Cavalry. ON the twenty-ninth of August, 1862, the storm of battle again broke over ..."

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