Definition of Tear up

1. Verb. Tear into shreds.

Exact synonyms: Rip Up, Shred
Specialized synonyms: Tease
Generic synonyms: Bust, Rupture, Snap, Tear
Derivative terms: Shred, Shred, Shredder

Definition of Tear up

1. Verb. (transitive) To tear into pieces. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To damage. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To succeed dramatically in (an area of endeavor) or against. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To shed tears. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To wrench out of the ground. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tear Up

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

Literary usage of Tear up

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1. History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1879)
"... Images—The Anchor of Faith—A Roman Camp —Preaching of Faith and Works—Tyndale accused by the Priests— They tear up what he has planted—Tyndale resolves ..."

2. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"1. to pull out, tear out, draw out; 2. to uproot, to tear up (by the roots), to pluck up (weeds, &c.); cine gt'tet —, to pluck a feather; 11. n. ..."

3. Report on the Geology of the Coastal Plain of Alabama by Geological Survey of Alabama, Eugene Allen Smith, Daniel W. Langdon, jr, Truman Heminway Aldrich, K. M. Cunningham (1894)
"tear up Creek.—A few miles above Bridgeport, at the mouth of tear up Creek, Mr. Johnson obtained in 1883 a good section of the beds underlying those of the ..."

4. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament: Including the Biblical by Wilhelm Gesenius, Edward Robinson (1844)
"OP3 to tear up BC. the ground, to break up, ... PIEL to tear up or off, eg bands, to break, burst, Judg. 16, 9. Ps. 2, 3. 107, 14. Jer. 2, 20. ..."

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