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  • v. to tear or rip something to cause it to come apart
  • v. to destroy
  • v. to cause to separate
  • v. to severely defeat

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express a totally negative opinion of


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  • This was the kind of silence you could tear apart by making an obscene noise, setting off a laughing seizure so uproarious that Ms. O’Neill would lose control of the class, or by doing something catastrophic like wetting your pants, but that meant you’d risk being the object of a ritualized humiliation so vicious, moving to the next grade level wouldn’t stop it.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  •     Chainer and Kamahl were watching Turg tear apart a

    Chainer's Torment

  • Dead Phil had raised his arm again, this time to tear apart the Beetle's engine, but I beat him to the punch.

    Dead Beat

  • I tear apart a roll and steam rises, the dough soft and yeasty in my mouth.

    The Cougar

  • For all the newfound chemistry developed during spring training, it appeared that the steroid revelation and subsequent hip-surgery of Alex Rodriguez would tear apart the unity.

    One Season


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