rend (something) to (something)

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rend (something) to (something)

To rip, tear, or split something apart into smaller pieces. ("Rend" conjugates to either "rent" or, less commonly, "rended" in the past tense and past participle.) He rent the contract to shreds when he realized that he'd be losing out on nearly 30% of the profits. I took the loaf of bread and rended it to pieces to share amongst the other starving children.
See also: rend