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  • v. To rip away from; to pull a piece from forcibly.
  • v. To leave or depart rapidly.

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

  • v. rip off violently and forcefully


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  • “Now, Gervase,” Giles Brown was saying, “you come into the bedroom, you see her naked on the bed, smiling at you, and you start to tear off your uniform.

    Death of a Scriptwriter

  • In these cases I have generally noticed that he will loosen a rail or tear off a picket, and let the sheep in, it being his impression, after all, that the sheep are worth more than the sheep-fold.

    Oldtown Folks

  • He knelt to tear off Incus's gag, snapping the cords that had secured Incus's hands and feet between his fingers.

    Calde of the Long Sun

  • If she'd written pages of Undying Devotion and slop, as she had in our young days, I'd have yawned at it — but all the nonsense about washing-machines and "MacBeth" and Jane's dress and the man Cheese was so … so like Elspeth, if you know what I mean, and I felt such a longing for her, just to sit by her, and have her hand in mind, and look into those beautiful wide blue eyes, and tear off her corset, and -

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • He watched Lauricella and Fenton leave in Lauricella's van, and Burt tear off in her Porsche.

    The Beach House

  • She raised herself on one elbow and smiled seductively at Gervase, who began to tear off his clothes.

    Death of a Scriptwriter

  • Sitting where he had sat before, he started to tear off the back-paper from the big frame, and to pull out the sprigs that held the backboard in position, working with the immediate quiet absorption that was characteristic of him.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • There is a celebrated saying of Tiberius Caesar, which savored little of tyranny, though he appears to have been a sanguinary and insatiable tyrant, that it is the part of a shepherd to shear the flock, but not to tear off the skin.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • The woman hated her father, screwed Mexicans to earn his wrath, had a crush on her father and got her white lefty consorts to dress stuffed-shirt traditional like him — so she could tear off their clothes and make a game out of humiliating paternal surrogates.

    The Big Nowhere

  • "Well, Mary Elise, then I guess there's no reason we can't go lock ourselves in the pool house, tear off all our clothes and have out-of-control screaming sex."

    Strategic Engagement


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