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rip up

verb (transitive, adverb)
to tear (paper) into small pieces
to annul, cancel, or unilaterally disregard
to dig up, dig into, or remove (a surface): they are ripping up the street
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  • That was a pity, was n't it, to rip up a fine frieze coat like that?

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • It will become my duty, at no distant day, to rip up the whole thing.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • You rip up the motor and Sorenson and Mr. Gregory can strip the deck.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • You rip up that track you're laying and leave Nan's home alone.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne
  • I haven't sent for you to-day, though, to rip up past troubles.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • He looked at Mr. Cone doubtfully: "I'm liable to rip up the sod in your front yard a little."

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • In a short time the wind tore along the clearing of the Bluff and tried to rip up anything that was not rooted in the soil.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Why, she used to rip up her old crocheted tidies an' things an' use 'em over in bastin' thread, so they tell me.

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