Idioms for tear

    tear it, Slang. to ruin all hope; spoil everything.
    tear one's hair, to manifest extreme anxiety, grief, anger, or frustration: I'm so upset, I could just tear my hair out.Also tear one's hair out.

Origin of tear

2
before 900; Middle English teren (v.), Old English teran; cognate with Dutch teren, German zehren to consume, Gothic distairan to destroy, Greek dérein to flay

OTHER WORDS FROM tear

tear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountear·er, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for tear

1. Tear, rend, rip mean to pull apart. To tear is to split the fibers of something by pulling apart, usually so as to leave ragged or irregular edges: to tear open a letter. Rend implies force or violence in tearing apart or in pieces: to rend one's clothes in grief. Rip implies vigorous tearing asunder, especially along a seam or line: to rip the sleeves out of a coat.
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British Dictionary definitions for tear down (1 of 3)

tear down
/ (tɛə) /

verb

(tr, adverb) to destroy or demolishto tear a wall down; to tear down an argument

British Dictionary definitions for tear down (2 of 3)

tear1
/ (tɪə) /

noun

a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glandsSee tears
something shaped like a hanging dropa tear of amber
Also called (esp Brit): teardrop

Derived forms of tear

tearless, adjective

Word Origin for tear

Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri

British Dictionary definitions for tear down (3 of 3)

tear2
/ (tɛə) /

verb tears, tearing, tore or torn

noun

Derived forms of tear

tearable, adjectivetearer, noun

Word Origin for tear

Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy
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Science definitions for tear down

tear
[ tîr ]

A drop of the clear salty liquid secreted by glands (lacrimal glands) in the eyes. Tears wet the membrane covering the eye and help rid the eye of irritating substances.
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Idioms and Phrases with tear down (1 of 2)

tear down

1

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

2

Vilify or discredit, as in He's always tearing down someone or other. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with tear down (2 of 2)

tear

In addition to the idioms beginning with tear

  • tear apart
  • tear around
  • tear at
  • tear away
  • tear down
  • tear into
  • tear it
  • tear off
  • tear one's hair

also see:

  • rip (tear) into
  • wear and tear

Also see undertearstorn.

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