Definition of tear noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//teə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ter//
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  • a hole that has been made in something by tearing This sheet has a tear in it.
  • Word OriginOld English teran, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch teren and German zehren, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek derein ‘flay’. The noun dates from the early 17th cent.Idioms (North American English, informal) to be enjoying great success Business confidence has soared and the economy is on a tear. The team has been on a tear since defeating the Red Sox in May. 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. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
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