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rend something from someone or something

to tear something from someone or something. (The past tense and past participle are rent.) Harry rent the burning clothing from the man who had just fled from the burning building. I will rend these dirty old clothes from my body and shower.
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rend something into something

to rip or tear something into something. (The past tense and past participle are rent.) The tailor rent the garment into shreds in his anger. The garment was rent into bits and pieces by the machine.
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The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts.
Men ought to take heed, of rending God's church, by two kinds of controversies.
We had turned away from the edge, and had penetrated about fifty yards of close brushwood, when there came a frightful rending crash from behind us.
He awoke suddenly and sat up in bed with his ears filled, as with thunder, with the throbbing echoes of a rending cry.
As he spoke the blade plucked itself out of the crack it had made and came down again with a more ponderous slash, splitting the fissiparous fence to the bottom with a rending noise.
She had no proprietary interest in the painting beyond what she acquired from a growing regard for its parent (which disturbed her a good deal when she had time to think of it); but there were moments when only the recollection of her remorse for her previous outbreak kept her from rending the critic.
In the next they heard a harsh tearing noise, as of something rending the silk, and the car seemed to sink from beneath the feet of our three aeronauts.
But drawing from his aged wisdom what they could understand, he told them of the golden bridge, and they laughed at and slandered him, flinging themselves on, rending and exulting over the dying beast.
He had done the thing before upon more than one occasion, just as in the past he had charged lions himself; but tonight he was far from famished and in the hind quarter he had carried off with him was more raw flesh than he could eat; yet it was with no equanimity that he looked down upon Numa rending the flesh of Tarzan's kill.