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[uhp-tawrn, -tohrn] /ʌpˈtɔrn, -ˈtoʊrn/
past participle of uptear.


[uhp-tair] /ʌpˈtɛər/
verb (used with object), uptore, uptorn, uptearing.
to wrench or tear out by or as if by the roots or foundations; destroy.
Origin of uptear
First recorded in 1585-95; up- + tear2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Under that staggering blow men collapsed in dozens, crushed by the weight of uptorn earth or blown to fragments.

  • But the Big Sandy was now swollen beyond its banks, and the rapid current was filled with floating logs and uptorn trees.

    From Canal Boy to President Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Not that I liked changes, for heart vines bleed freely when uptorn, and friendship's stocks cannot be bought on margin.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • Just as she reached him, looking at him instead of the rough ground, all rutted with uptorn roots, she slipped and almost fell.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • Then, in a small opening where the uptorn roots of a tree rose like a wall at one side, it halted.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • The bole of an uptorn gum tree spanned a half-moon depression at the verge of the spring.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • Two of them belonged to the ration-party, and the others were Tommies who had been engaged in relaying the uptorn line.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman

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