Pull at or attack violently, as in Jane eagerly tore at the wrapping paper, or The dog tore at the meat. [Mid-1800s]
Distress, as in Their plight tore at his heart.
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Sam watches her fall apart, tear herself apart and is desperate.
And then he went on a tear in early 2013, creating one provocation after another, seemingly every day for more than two months.
I spoke first with Scott Ellman, a student at Wesleyan University and now the Huffington Post editor-at-large for his campus.
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Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
Louis turned at the exclamation, and looked on the faithful servant; but no tear was in his eye, no sound on his lip.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
By what word is the relation between “pendulum” and “a smile and tear” described?Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
In the tear-stained story of humanity there has never been aught to surpass the thrilling record of Cawnpore.The Red Year|Louis Tracy