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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How to use rip up in a sentence
They want to rip up the safety net, except for the portion that covers those who are already receiving benefits.Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work | Daniel Gross | December 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I guarantee that neither candidate is going to rip up your commuter route and replace it with a unicycle track.
No conceivable Egyptian government will lightly rip up the peace treaty Sadat signed with Begin.
In a word, he did rip up all that could be said that was unworthy, and in the basest terms they could be spoken in.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
I felt that I could go out and about leap the length of a seine-boat or rip up a plank sidewalk.The Seiners | James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Mother said I might rip up her pretty blue plaid silk and have it made over.A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas
He will rip up a dog or two, perhaps, and then rush off far away, without showing any further sign of injury.A History of Champagne | Henry Vizetelly
With a shell of tremendous power they would rip up yards of our makeshift defenses and kill half a dozen of our boys.Private Peat | Harold R. Peat