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English definition of “tear sth up”

tear sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with tear   /teər/ us    /ter/ (tore, torn)

(PAPER)

C1 to tear paper into a lot of small pieces: He tore the letter up and threw it away.

(AGREEMENT)

If you tear up an agreement, you refuse to accept it or be controlled by it any more: She tore up the contract and walked out.
(Definition of tear sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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