Phrasal Verbs Using 'Tear'
Disturb or upset greatly
Example:People were TORN APART when news of the train crash came through.
Pull or try to pull something to pieces
Example:The fighters TORE AT each other.
Stop someone doing something unwillingly
Example:I had to TEAR him AWAY from the office for dinner.
Remove a surface violently
Example:The roof was TORN AWAY in the hurricane.
Example:The estate was TORN DOWN so that they could develop the land into luxury flats.
Criticise strongly or angrily
Example:She TORE INTO me for losing it.
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.
Leave at high speed
Example:The police TORE OFF in their car after arresting her.
Remove with force
Example:The storm TORE the roof OFF.
Example:She TORE OFF the ticket, leaving only the stub.
Example:The sheriff TORE OUT after the escaping criminals.
Rip into pieces
Example:He TORE the fax UP and threw the bits of paper in the bin.
Example:They are TEARING UP the old part of town to build a new shopping centre.
Have eyes fill with tears
Example:After hearing the tragic news he TEARED UP and could hardly speak.