Phrasal Verbs Using 'Tear'

Tear apart

Disturb or upset greatly

Example:People were TORN APART when news of the train crash came through.

Tear at

Pull or try to pull something to pieces

Example:The fighters TORE AT each other.

Tear away

Stop someone doing something unwillingly

Example:I had to TEAR him AWAY from the office for dinner.

Tear away

Remove a surface violently

Example:The roof was TORN AWAY in the hurricane.

Tear down


Example:The estate was TORN DOWN so that they could develop the land into luxury flats.

Tear into

Criticise strongly or angrily

Example:She TORE INTO me for losing it.

Tear off

Remove part of a form or letter using your hands, not scissors

Example:She TORE the slip OFF the bottom of the form and sent it with her cheque.

Tear off

Leave at high speed

Example:The police TORE OFF in their car after arresting her.

Tear off

Remove with force

Example:The storm TORE the roof OFF.

Tear off

Remove completely

Example:She TORE OFF the ticket, leaving only the stub.

Tear out

Depart rapidly

Example:The sheriff TORE OUT after the escaping criminals.

Tear up

Rip into pieces

Example:He TORE the fax UP and threw the bits of paper in the bin.

Tear up


Example:They are TEARING UP the old part of town to build a new shopping centre.

Tear up

Have eyes fill with tears

Example:After hearing the tragic news he TEARED UP and could hardly speak.