Meaning of “tear sth up” in the English Dictionary

"tear sth up" in British English

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tear sth up

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


C1 to tear paper into a lot of small pieces:

He tore the letter up and threw it away.

More examples

  • She tore up his letter in front of his face.
  • I accidentally tore up the car documents.
  • The rabbits tore up all the newspaper we put in their hutch.

(Definition of “tear sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)