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tear sth down

verb uk phrasal verb with tear   /teər/ us    /ter/ (tore, torn)
C2 to intentionally destroy a building or other structure because it is not being used or it is not wanted any more: They're going to tear down the old hospital and build a new one.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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