Ruin something, spoil one's chances, as in She knew she'd torn it when she lost the address. It is often put as that tears it, as in He's a whole week late—well, that tears it for the September issue. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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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.
He made an easy target, the know-it-all liberal egghead who demeaned the wisdom of the American people.
On her own path, though, the “relationship know-it-all” is embracing her own, different natural progression.
In her Twitter profile bio, writer Liz Tuccillo calls herself a “relationship know-it-all.”
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
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In the tear-stained story of humanity there has never been aught to surpass the thrilling record of Cawnpore.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
In a short time you will be able, in the language of Dr. Johnson, “to tear out the heart of any book.”
The horizon, however, was lowering and hazy, and the sun had not force enough to tear the murky veil asunder.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer