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tear sth apart

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

(PULL VIOLENTLY)

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

(DIVIDE PEOPLE)

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

(DESTROY)

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