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Definition of tear apart phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

tear apart

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    tear somethingapart

     
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  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. 3 to search a place, making it look messy and causing damage They tore the room apart, looking for money. synonym rip something apart
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