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rend something from someone or something

to tear something from someone or something. (The past tense and past participle are rent.) Harry rent the burning clothing from the man who had just fled from the burning building. I will rend these dirty old clothes from my body and shower.
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rend something into something

to rip or tear something into something. (The past tense and past participle are rent.) The tailor rent the garment into shreds in his anger. The garment was rent into bits and pieces by the machine.
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References in classic literature ?
To rend your little soul would be the act of a blood-thirsty tiger, whereas I have the heart of a sheep.
At this moment, one of the ferocious birds darted right at the balloon, with outstretched beak and claws, ready to rend it with either or both.
They might gouge and rend in a fight--which was no more than natural; but he felt, somehow, that they would gouge and rend according to rule.
Thou who all mankind viewedst-- So God, as sheep--: The God TO REND within mankind, As the sheep in mankind, And in rending LAUGHING--