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

  

tear up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

tear up somebody

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tear apart somebody

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tear somebody up

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tear somebody apart

 
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to make somebody feel very unhappy or worried synonym rip somebody apart It tears me apart to think I might have hurt her feelings. His distress tore me up inside.
 to destroy a document, etc. by tearing it into pieces synonym rip something up She tore up all the letters he had sent her. (figurative) He accused the leader of tearing up the party's manifesto (= of ignoring it).
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