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Definition of tear noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

tear1

 noun
noun
NAmE//tɛr//
 
see also tear2
 
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  •  a hole that has been made in something by tearing This sheet has a tear in it.
  • Idioms
    wear and tear
     
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    the damage to objects, furniture, property, etc. that is the result of normal use The insurance policy does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear. The living-room carpet has to stand up to the combined wear and tear of two dogs and three children.
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