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English definition of “tear sth apart”

tear sth apart

(DIVIDE PEOPLE) phrasal verb with tear     /teər/ US  /ter/ verb (tore, torn)
C2 to make a group of people that was united , such as a country , family , or political party , argue , or fight with each other by dividing it into two or more parts : Ethnic rivalries threaten to tear this country apart . He resigned , depressed at the way that the party was tearing it self apart .Separating and dividing
(Definition of tear sth apart (DIVIDE PEOPLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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