[ tair-doun ]

  1. a taking apart; disassembly.

  2. a house or other building that is purchased with the intention of tearing it down and replacing it with another, more expensive structure.

Origin of teardown

1925–30; noun use of verb phrase tear down

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How to use teardown in a sentence

  • I'll tear down those mining shacks, float them down the river and sell them as lumber.

  • They would tear down the very walls, if we were to open fire on them.

    Pharaoh's Broker | Ellsworth Douglass
  • To-morrow morning we'll take it upon ourselves to tear down that door that's sealed up.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
  • Had they the resolution to do this, not one of us would escape alive, for they would tear down the house.

    Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
  • I shall recruit my regiment from the "Invincible Empire," and I shall tear down and let them reconstruct if they can.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington

British Dictionary definitions for tear down

tear down

/ (tɛə) /

  1. (tr, adverb) to destroy or demolish: to tear a wall down; to tear down an argument

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Other Idioms and Phrases with teardown


Demolish, take apart, as in They tore down the old tenements, or He loved to tear down old engines. [Early 1600s]

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