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English definition of “tear sth down”

tear sth down

phrasal verb with tear     /teər/ verb (past tense tore, past participle torn)
to intentionally destroy a building or structure : They tore down the old hospital and built some offices .Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
(Definition of tear sth down from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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