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tear around

Move about in excited or angry haste, as in He tore around the house, looking for the dog. [ Second half of 1700s ]
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  • The minute she knew what had happened she began to tear around and raise Cain.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • She went in, and locked the door; and I went up to the lantern to see that all was right, and to swear and tear around a little.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • No money, but a man wants rest, a man wants peace—a man don't want to rip and tear around all the time.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • You ought to see them tear around Chelton when they found everybody in the game had cleared out!

  • Yes, twice now weve heard him tear around like a bull in a china shop.

  • We just set there and watched him rip and tear around till he drownded.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It is Dave Brainerd, and as we tear around a curve and he is lost to my sight, I am brought back to thoughts of business.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Some people, however, prefer a figured carpet in the dining-room on account of the wear and tear around the table.

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