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rip someone or something up

to tear someone or something into bits; to mutilate someone or something. Careful! That machine will rip you up if you fall in. I ripped up the contract and threw the pieces in the trash.
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rip something up

to take something up by force and remove it. (Usually refers to something on the floor or ground, such as carpeting or pavement.) They are going to rip all the broken sidewalk up. The workers ripped up the pavement and loaded the pieces into a truck.
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rip up

v.
1. To tear something roughly or energetically into small pieces: He ripped up the letter and threw it away. She ripped the contract up and left the office.
2. To pull or remove something violently from the ground or floor: When I ripped up the carpet, I could see that the wooden floor was in good condition. The gophers ripped my lawn up.
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