tear apart

Upset or make distraught, as in The parents' divorce tore apart the grandparents. [Second half of 1800s]

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How to use tear apart in a sentence

  • Say, round up the gang, will you, while I'm licking some of this stuff into shape for you to tear apart?

    Spacehounds of IPC | Edward Elmer Smith
  • He discovered, also, what old stumps to tear apart when he wanted a pleasantly acid tonic dose of the larvæ of the wood-ant.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • By raising my elbow to its original position, and using it as a lever, I could tear apart the crushed fibres.

    The Wild Huntress | Mayne Reid