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tear sth apart

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


to ​pull something so ​violently that it ​breaks into two or more ​pieces: A ​dog can ​tear a ​rabbitapart in ​seconds.


C2 to make a ​group of ​people that was ​united, such as a ​country, ​family, or ​politicalparty, ​argue, or ​fight with each other by ​dividing it into two or more ​parts: Ethnic ​rivalriesthreaten to ​tear this ​countryapart. He ​resigned, ​depressed at the way that the ​party was ​tearing itselfapart.


to ​destroy a ​building or ​room: The ​blast had ​torn the ​buildingapart.
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