[uhp-tawrn, -tohrn]


verb (used with object), up·tore, up·torn, up·tear·ing.
  1. to wrench or tear out by or as if by the roots or foundations; destroy.

Origin of uptear

First recorded in 1585–95; up- + tear2
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Examples from the Web for uptorn

Historical Examples of uptorn

  • But the Big Sandy was now swollen beyond its banks, and the rapid current was filled with floating logs and uptorn trees.

    From Canal Boy to President

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • Then, in a small opening where the uptorn roots of a tree rose like a wall at one side, it halted.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

  • Just as she reached him, looking at him instead of the rough ground, all rutted with uptorn roots, she slipped and almost fell.


    M. Leonora Eyles

  • Not that I liked changes, for heart vines bleed freely when uptorn, and friendship's stocks cannot be bought on margin.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • Two of them belonged to the ration-party, and the others were Tommies who had been engaged in relaying the uptorn line.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman