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tear down

1. To rip or pull something down from a surface. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." The warden went around tearing down pictures and posters hanging up in prisoners' cells.
2. To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help tear down the set. I can't believe they haven't torn that old building down yet.
3. To deride, vilify, or excoriate someone or something. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." The director has long been a bully, tearing down those around him who would dare to challenge his authority. I don't understand why he's always tearing my work down.
4. To travel down or along something very quickly. The kids tore down the stairs to see what Santa Claus had brought the for Christmas. The motorcycle tore down the street in an ostentatious display of speed and motor power.
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tore down

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Eventually, however, the authorities tore down the squatter settlements in New York, responding to demands that the land be made available for intensive development.
Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire in the Gaza Strip yesterday, as army bulldozers tore down nine houses close to a military patrol road where five soldiers were killed earlier this week.
STELLA McCartney tore down her rooftop shower just days before a deadline set by planning chiefs.
It is not difficult to argue either way, but one must remember that we live in t he city which tore down its overhead railway; we replaced the beautiful, if rather stark Custom House with the toilet block that was Canning Place , and where we used to have the elegance of South Castle Street, we no w have the higgledy piggledy QE2 Court building.
One incident erupted at Hunter College when a woman angrily tore down anti-war flyers and a Muslim student challenged her right to do so.
In a massive effort during the last three months, construction crews tore down the old ceiling in the huge building and installed a completely new one.
JERUSALEM, February 11, 2015 (WAFA) -- Israeli forces tore down
Demonstrations called to protest rising food prices turned violent when police used rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas on protesters who tore down billboard images of Mubarak.