tear up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tear up tear into shreds
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tear up to remove from a fixed state by violence: to pull to pieces
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.”
  • F. M. Knowles
    F. M. Knowles
    “Marriage is a lottery, but you can't tear up your ticket if you lose.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. teran; cf. Ger. zehren.

Usage

In literature:

Then he went to his lodgings and began the task of tearing up letters and papers which he feared might betray him.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
There Tiara sat, tears evidently long pent-up freely flowing and her body shaking with, emotion.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
Making one spasmodic effort, they broke the rail they were trying to tear up.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
Paul sat up in bed, choking with tears.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I've had to tear up the first page of many of my despatches.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Never would he have more turgid, pent-up, tearing emotions to get rid of than now.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Well, I'd tear up every square foot of ground on the whole estate, then.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Phyllis ran up, the tears streaming down her cheeks.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
That's the reason I didn't tear up my valentines.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Tearing up the note, he mounted his bicycle and rode off to the station in a very bitter frame of mind.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Weigh the vessel up,
Once dreaded by our foes!
And mingle with your cup
The tears that England owes.
"On The Loss Of The "Royal George"" by William Cowper
Up from my youth, may Isr'el say,
Have I been nursed in tears;
My griefs were constant as the day,
And tedious as the years.
"Psalm 129" by Isaac Watts
The dews had wept their silent tears,
The moon was up on high,
And every star was sphered with calm,
Like an archangel's eye;
"The Highland Girl's Lament" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Deep below me sank the coffin,
While my tears fell fast as rain;
Deep it sank, and I, full often,
Thought to heave it up again.
"The Violet-Gatherer (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow
Unheard no burdened heart's appeal
Moans up to God's inclining ear;
Unheeded by his tender eye,
Falls to the earth no sufferer's tear.
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For ah! the surest way to God
Is up the lonely streams of tears,
That flow when bending 'neath His rod,
And fill the tide of earthly years.
On laughter's billows hearts are tossed,
On waves of tears no heart is lost.
"Tears" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Instead, the Australian DJs behind a hoax phone call to the UK hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was treated were in tears Monday as they described how their joke ended up going too far.
A mere four days ago comedian Katt Williams tearfully retired from stand-up after his stay in Seattle went bad.
Harrah police said Billy Wassel went over to his neighbor Justin Coon's house and began breaking windows and tearing up the home.
Police wielding tear gas broke up brawling fans and abruptly ended a game in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kiss Tear It Up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, September 2.
I'm a bought to tear some shit up with this Lancer Yes,I'm a Gears of War 3 Fan.
They have been tearing up green spaces, and recently a 265-pound boar attacked four people.
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.comVolbeat just keep chugging along and tearing up rock radio with songs like 'A Warrior's Call' and 'Still Counting,' which begs the question of when we might see them move on to a new disc.
Tears and Laughter Noting the ups and downs of ordinary.
When a band strikes up to play the "National Anthem" I jump to my feet and tears come easily.
You can't watch it without laughing, cheering, maybe even tearing up.
New NOLA track is tearing up tires, but Josh Hayes is still the one to beat.
A construction crew started tearing up the sidewalk in front of the Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland on Tuesday.
Any developers hoping to tear up roads in Star Valley have a little less liberty in doing so.
Rodents can't chew it: it tears their teeth up.
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In science:

Thus, the very last (critical) point before the ρ-axis becomes “teared” up is defined by B (cid:48) x (βc ; xc ) = 0.
A Simple Theory of Condensation
Eve MP (2012) Tear it down, build it up: the Research Output Team, or the library-aspublisher.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
The authors of Ref. pointed out the possibility that a sharp rise of bulk viscosity near phase transition induces an instability in the hydrodynamic flow of the plasma, and this mode will blow up and tear the system into droplets.
QCD phase diagram at high temperature and density
As pointed out in Ref. that a sharp rise of bulk viscosity near phase transition induces an instability in the hydrodynamic flow of the plasma, and this mode will blow up and tear the system into droplets.
QCD phase diagram at high temperature and density
For example, in Ref. , it is pointed out that a sharp rise of bulk viscosity near phase transition might induce an instability in the hydrodynamic flow of the plasma, and this mode will blow up and tear the system into droplets.
QCD phase diagram at high temperature and density
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