verb (used without object)
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Idioms for tear
Origin of tear1
Definition for tear (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), tore or (Archaic) tare,torn or (Archaic) tare,tear·ing.
verb (used without object), tore or (Archaic) tare,torn or (Archaic) tare,tear·ing.
- to pluck violently at; attempt to tear: She tore at the bandages until they loosened.
- to distress; afflict: remorse that tears at one's soul.
- to pull down; destroy; demolish.
- to disparage or discredit: to tear down one's friends behind their backs.
- to attack impulsively and heedlessly: He tore into the food with a will.
- to attack verbally: She tore into him for being late for dinner.
- to tear into small shreds: He tore up the drawings because she had criticized them.
- to cancel or annul: to tear up a contract.
SYNONYMS FOR tear
Origin of tear2
synonym study for tear
OTHER WORDS FROM teartear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountearer, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for tear
For 17 minutes, America watched live as the Illinois National Guard fired tear gas… as the police beat the demonstrators.Citizens are turning face recognition on unidentified police|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
You just have to give everything—blood, sweat and tears—and you’ll create a memory we’ll all remember forever.Marshall football, 50 years after plane crash, carries on, and remembers|John Feinstein|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Whether that will take them to the playoffs remains to be seen, but the running back continues to be on a tear.Steelers stay unbeaten, Chargers drop another heartbreaker in NFL Week 9|Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
“It means a whole lot,” Dave Uiagalelei said, noting a lot of Polynesian friends and relatives who texted him reporting tears.Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei continuing proud tradition of Polynesian quarterbacks|Chuck Culpepper|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
The tequila first popped up in April 2018 when Musk tweeted a photo of himself passed out against a Tesla Model 3 “surrounded by “Teslaquilla” bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks.”Elon Musk’s Tesla tequila will run you $250 a bottle|Kirsten Korosec|November 5, 2020|TechCrunch
They were printed not on tearable paper, but on a semi-transparent fabric of silken, flexibility, interwoven with silk.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for tear (1 of 2)
Derived forms of teartearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tear (2 of 2)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived forms of teartearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Medical definitions for tear (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for tear (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for tear
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- rip (tear) into
- wear and tear
Also see undertearstorn.