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tear somebody/something apart

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtear somebody/something apart phrasal verb1 tear something ↔ apartHARM/BE BAD FOR to cause serious arguments in a group of people syn rip apart Scandal is tearing the government apart. a row that tore the family apart2 literary to separate people who are in a close relationship with each other Nothing can tear us apart!3 SAD/UNHAPPYto make someone feel extremely unhappy or upset Seeing her so upset really tore him apart.4 tear something ↔ apartPULL to break something violently into a lot of small pieces syn rip apart Her body had been torn apart by wolves. tear→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
tear apartBefore that you have a genetic desire to inspect everything, to tear everything apart.I would never have believed then, that jealousy would tear us apart.The protest was tearing Holy Trinity apart.Reg tore this apart and produced wonderful cool refreshing water which revived us all.It allows the vehicle to manoeuvre without tearing itself apart on the back axle.Why tear the church apart sO you can see the priest say Mass?Little Charlie and the Nightcats tear things apart tomorrow night.Tigers have attacked the dummies and torn them apart without any sign of being discouraged by the sharp jolt they have received.tear something ↔ apartBefore that you have a genetic desire to inspect everything, to tear everything apart.I would never have believed then, that jealousy would tear us apart.The protest was tearing Holy Trinity apart.Reg tore this apart and produced wonderful cool refreshing water which revived us all.It allows the vehicle to manoeuvre without tearing itself apart on the back axle.Why tear the church apart sO you can see the priest say Mass?Little Charlie and the Nightcats tear things apart tomorrow night.Tigers have attacked the dummies and torn them apart without any sign of being discouraged by the sharp jolt they have received.tear something ↔ apartBefore that you have a genetic desire to inspect everything, to tear everything apart.I would never have believed then, that jealousy would tear us apart.The protest was tearing Holy Trinity apart.Reg tore this apart and produced wonderful cool refreshing water which revived us all.It allows the vehicle to manoeuvre without tearing itself apart on the back axle.Why tear the church apart sO you can see the priest say Mass?Little Charlie and the Nightcats tear things apart tomorrow night.Tigers have attacked the dummies and torn them apart without any sign of being discouraged by the sharp jolt they have received.
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Verb table
tear
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytear
he, she, ittears
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytore
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave torn
he, she, ithas torn
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad torn
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill tear
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have torn
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam tearing
he, she, itis tearing
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you, we, theyare tearing
Past
I, he, she, itwas tearing
you, we, theywere tearing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been tearing
he, she, ithas been tearing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been tearing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be tearing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been tearing
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