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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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  • These he had burnt, for, he said, “I would have it accounted no less unlawful to rip up old wounds than to give new ones.”

    Essays Abraham Cowley
  • It will become my duty, at no distant day, to rip up the whole thing.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • It seemed a shame to rip up another part of the flooring to make a rudder.

    The Last Cruise of the Spitfire Edward Stratemeyer
  • You rip up the motor and Sorenson and Mr. Gregory can strip the deck.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • When they attack'd her most severely, she entreated the Surgeon to rip up her Belly, and so put an end to her Misery.

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

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • "Take a knife and rip up the lining at the bottom," ordered Peggy recklessly.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • 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

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