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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.Tearing and breaking into pieces

(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.Refusing and rejecting
(Definition of tear sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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