from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.


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  • We discussed what might be done to restart the area’s economy and get more money into the schools; we heard about sons and daughters on their way to Iraq and the need to tear down an old hospital that had become a blight on downtown.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • No one seemed to blame the tabloid columnist who'd written, 'The once-revered Sid Halley, green with envy, tries to tear down a talent he hasn't a prayer of matching …' There had been inches about 'A spiteful little man trying to compensate for his own inadequacies. '

    Come To Grief

  • Endeavors have repeatedly been made to obtain permission from the sovereign to tear down the brick wall so as to give access to this staircase, not only for the sake of convenience, but also with the object of setting at rest forever the popular superstitions and rumors on the subject.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • Thus the meaning and purpose of revolutions isnot to tear down the whole building but to remove what is bad or unsuitableand to continue building on the sound spot that has been laid bare.

    Mein Kampf

  • Then the wife over turned the furniture of the house, one thing upon another, and tore down the shelves and broke the windows and the lattices and smeared the walls with mud and indigo, saying to me, “Woe to thee, O Kafur! come help me to tear down these cupboards and break up these vessels and this china ware,96 and the rest of it.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Attempting to tear down the ’biner-block anchor that I was previously using to suspend my harness, I flip the rope again and again until the jumbled mess of interconnected links unwedges from the crack.

    127 Hours

  • If here I set to work to tear down an old and ramshackle building, it is not from blind destructfulness, but as an architect who means to put a new and sounder structure in its place.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

  • Them animals kept getting bigger and bigger, so fast Alvin couldn't follow the changes, just the Earth spinning and him watching, huge monstrous creatures like he never heard of, with long snakey necks some of them, and teeth and jaws to tear down trees with a single bite, it looked like.

    He Don't Know Him

  • Botchup and Snipe had not been part of that transformation; instead, they were seen (quite accurately) as being sent to tear down everything that Captain Jester had built.

    Phule me twice


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