tear it

tear it

Ruin something, spoil one's chances, as in She knew she'd torn it when she lost the address. It is often put as that tears it, as in He's a whole week late-well, that tears it for the September issue. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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ELEGANT CURLS Take a fairly good weight of paper and tear it into strips, so that the edges of your strips will be "soft.
In the 1960s, city building inspectors told Van Meter he'd have to get a permit for the tower or tear it down.
Until then, there are two options: reinforce the structure or tear it down.
The concern is that if you stay on and have another kick then you might tear it and then that's you for three or four months.
We want to be in this for the long term," says Richard Fallon, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, "and we're not going to tear it up because we're so angry about what happens in a particular case.