Definition of tear apart phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


tear apart

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to destroy something violently, especially by pulling it to pieces The dogs tore the fox apart.
  2. 2to make people in a country, an organization or other place fight or argue with each other Racial strife is tearing our country apart.
  3. 3to search a place, making it look untidy and causing damage synonym rip something apart They tore the room apart, looking for money.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tear apart