The stress of becoming parents after only a year of knowing each other and being married was tearing Richie and Lamas apart.
Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates.
They are glamorous and fearsome, building celebrities up and tearing them down, dumping them, rescuing them, making them cry.
But Cotton, who had been tearing out magazine pictures of Perry for months, had another idea.
Beard obliged by tearing off a piece of his tattered shirtsleeve and jotting down the ingredients.
After your tearing up that deed, I'm not the man to waste my energy.
She worked away laboriously, tearing at the paper to free the door.
There it was, racing and romping and tearing along for dear life.
And something was tearing, clawlike, at his throat and at his vitals.
I wandered along the sea-shore, a whirlwind of passion possessing and tearing my soul.
"water from the eye," Old English tear, from earlier teahor, tæhher, from Proto-Germanic *takh-, *tagr- (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian tar, Old High German zahar, German Zähre, Gothic tagr "tear"), from PIE *dakru-/*draku- (cf. Latin lacrima, Old Latin dacrima, Irish der, Welsh deigr, Greek dakryma). Tear gas first recorded 1917.
"act of ripping or rending," 1660s, from tear (v.1).
"pull apart," Old English teran (class IV strong verb; past tense tær, past participle toren), from Proto-Germanic *teran (cf. Old Saxon terian, Middle Dutch teren "to consume," Old High German zeran "to destroy," German zehren, Gothic ga-tairan "to tear, destroy"), from PIE *der- "tear" (cf. Sanskrit drnati "cleaves, bursts," Greek derein "to flay," Armenian terem "I flay," Old Church Slavonic dera "to burst asunder," Breton darn "piece").
The Old English past tense survived long enough to get into Bible translations as tare before giving place 17c. to tore, which is from the old past participle toren. Sense of "to pull by force" (away from some situation or attachment) is attested from late 13c. To be torn between two things (desires, loyalties, etc.) is from 1871.
1650s, mainly in American English, from tear (n.1). Related: Teared; tearing. Old English verb tæherian did not survive into Middle English.
tearing tear·ing (tēr'ĭng)
tear 1 (târ)
A rip or rent in a material or structure.
tear 2 (tēr)
A drop of the clear salty liquid that is secreted by the lacrimal gland of the eye to lubricate the surface between the eyeball and eyelid and to wash away irritants.
To go very fast; rush around rapidly: McAllister had no inclination to go tear-assing up the slope and into the hills (entry form 1599+, variant 1940s+)
[fr the tear shape of some pearls]