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tear around

To run, drive, or otherwise move around (some location) in a fast, reckless manner. It's no wonder you got hurt with the way you've been tearing around the kitchen like that! Police are in pursuit of a black sports car tearing through downtown L.A. The parent frantically tore around the grocery store looking for his toddler.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tear around (some place)

to move or run around rapidly and perhaps recklessly. The kids were tearing around through the house all day. They've made a real mess. Please don't tear around the house.
See also: around, tear
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tear around

Move about in excited or angry haste, as in He tore around the house, looking for the dog. [Second half of 1700s]
See also: around, tear
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tear around

v.
1. To move about in excited, often angry haste: The coach tore around after his team lost. The boss is tearing around the office in a fury.
2. To lead a wild life: It's really frightening the way those teenagers tear around.
See also: around, tear
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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YOBS who tear around streets on mini-motos endangering pedestrians face a police crackdown.
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"I'm sure it's a very humbling experience"Everyone who has done this tells me that, despite all the problems these young children have had to face, they do not let it show and tear around having a great time."
Wear and tear around the cabinet fronts often means the edging strip peels off or gets chipped.
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