tear (one) limb from limb

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tear (one) limb from limb

To violently maim a person or animal. Typically used as a threat, rather than a description of an actual action. If I find out that you're the one who hurt my daughter, I will tear you limb from limb, understand?
See also: limb, tear

tear (someone or some animal) limb from limb

to rip someone or an animal to bits. The explosion tore the workers limb from limb. The crocodiles attacked the wading zebras and tore them limb from limb.
See also: limb, tear

tear someone limb from limb

If someone threatens to tear you limb from limb, they say they will kill you in a very violent way. It was lucky for him the police found him before I did because I would have torn him limb from limb.
See also: limb, someone, tear

tear someone limb from limb

violently dismember someone.
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tear somebody ˌlimb from ˈlimb

(often humorous) attack somebody very violently: Julian looked so angry that I thought he was going to tear his brother limb from limb.
See also: limb, somebody, tear
References in classic literature ?
'Why, a native Englishman is put to it every night of his life, to save his life from them Mails,' argued the first old man; 'and he knows when they're a coming round the corner, to tear him limb from limb. What can you expect from a poor foreigner who don't know nothing about 'em!'
If Hirst finds the thief he'll tear him limb from limb. Then put the limbs in a tank and sell it for a million quid.
"One more bad performance from that utter scumbag Jesper Gronkjaer," the translator would continue, "and I swear I will tear him limb from limb, with the ease of a schoolboy pulling the wings off flies."
Every night, he retires to his fortresslike apartment, trying to block out the screams of the Infected - cannibalistic denizens who would tear him limb from limb if they ever knew his whereabouts.
Every night, he retires to his fortress-like apartment, trying to block out the screams of the Infected, the cannibalistic denizens of the dark who would tear him limb from limb if they ever knew his whereabouts.
Every night, he retires to his fortress-like apartment, trying to block out the screams of the Infected - the cannibalistic denizens of the dark who would tear him limb from limb if they ever knew his whereabouts.
Every night, Robert retires to his fortress-like apartment, trying to block out the screams of the Infected - the cannibalistic denizens of the dark who would tear him limb from limb if they knew of his whereabouts.
Every night, he retires to his fortress-like apartment, trying to block out the screams of the Infected - the cannibalistic mutants of the dark who would tear him limb from limb if they knew his whereabouts.
The British people never felt so bitter towards Prince Charles that they wanted to tear him limb from limb.
Creeves and Mitch turn the screws on Joe's auctioneer Richie (Alan Williams) and they tear him limb from limb - literally.