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tear up the pea patch

obsolete To go on or indulge in a wild outburst, spree, or rampage. (Used largely in relation to sports, especially baseball, where the phrase originated in reference to players running amok and ruining the game.) Primarily heard in US. Another fight has broken out between the two teams. These boys are positively tearing up the pea patch! A few rowdy types entered the bar and tore up the pea patch. They didn't even pay for anything!
See also: patch, pea, tear, up

all tore up

1. Very upset or emotional. Both "tore" or "torn" can be used in this phrase. Sean has been all tore up since his wife left him. A: "Did you hear that Joe died?" B: "I know, I've been all torn up about it."
2. slang Intoxicated. Do you remember last night at all? You were all tore up!
See also: all, tore, up

tear someone off a strip

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. The teacher really tore me off a strip for causing a disruption in class again.
See also: off, strip, tear

*all tore up (about something)

Inf. very upset and sorry about something. (The correct torn can also be used. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) When Jim's dog was lost, he was all tore up about it. I'm all tore up about denting your car like that. I'd be more than happy to pay for fixing it.
See also: all, tore, up

torn between (someone and someone else)

 and torn between something and something else
Fig. uncertain whether to choose one or the other. I don't know which to take. I'm torn between Fred and Alice. I'm torn between red and green.
See also: torn

torn between, be

Be distracted by two conflicting choices, be in a dilemma, as in I'm torn between going to the mountains or going to the seashore; each appeals to me . This idiom was first recorded in 1871.
See also: torn

tear someone off a strip (or tear a strip off someone)

rebuke someone angrily. informal
This expression was originally RAF slang, first recorded in the 1940s.
See also: off, strip, tear

that's torn it

used to express dismay when something unfortunate has happened to disrupt your plans. British informal
See also: torn

that’s ˈtorn it

(British English, informal) used to say that something has happened to spoil your plans: ‘Oops, that’s torn it,’ she thought, as she realized she’d ruined the surprise.
See also: torn

tore (up)

and torn (up) and tore down
1. mod. distraught; emotionally upset. Fred’s really torn up about the accident.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. He wasn’t just drunk—he was massively tore up.
See also: tore, up

torn up

See also: torn, up


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Jobe, who said the ligament was ``90 percent torn,'' acknowledged that a second reconstructive surgery on one player is uncharted territory, but he added, ``I know physiology a little bit, so that's why I told you I thought he would do well.
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