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tear sth up

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

(PAPER)

C1 to tear paper into a lot of small pieces: He tore the letter up and threw it away.
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(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.
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