tear apart

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tear apart

1. To violently rip or pull someone or something into pieces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." He tore the contract apart when he realized how little he would be paid for his work. The pack of wolves tore apart their prey.
2. For a disagreement, problem, or outside factor to cause division in or force the dissolution of a relationship or group, such as of a romantic couple, family members, or organization. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." The death of a child is the most calamitous thing anyone can experience, and it ends up tearing many couples apart. It's such a shame to see a family torn apart by squabbles over money. The issue has been tearing the community apart for months.
3. To criticize or reproach someone or something in a severe and merciless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." The reviews absolutely tore apart the sequel, but I don't think it was that bad. I heard the boss tearing Jack apart for his handling of the Jefferson account.
4. To cause someone to be extremely or inconsolably sad; to devastate someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." Can't you see you're tearing Jane apart? Why do you have to treat her that way? That documentary really tore me apart. I still feel so hopeless after watching it.
5. To search through some place very thoroughly and aggressively, often leaving things in disarray as a result. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." I tore the house apart looking for my passport. FBI investigators have been tearing the office building apart in search of documents linking the corporation to criminal activity. Burglars tore the place apart looking for anything valuable.
See also: apart, tear

tear a place apart

Fig. to search somewhere to the point of destruction. The cops came with a search warrant and tore your room apart. If you don't come up with the money you kept for us, we'll tear apart your house!
See also: apart, place, tear

tear someone apart

1. Lit. to rip someone apart savagely. (See also tear something apart.) Max threatened to tear Tom apart. The bear tore apart the hiker.
2. Fig. to cause two people, presumably lovers, to separate unwillingly. The enormous disruption of the accident tore them apart and they separated. The bickering between their parents finally tore apart the engaged couple.
3. Fig. to cause someone enormous grief or emotional pain. The death of her dog tore her apart. It was the dog's death that tore apart Barbara.
4. Fig. to criticize someone mercilessly. The critic tore apart the entire cast of the play. Why do you have to tear yourself apart for making a little error?
See also: apart, tear

tear something apart

1. to pull or rip something apart. (See also tear someone apart.) The bear tore the tent apart. The lions tore apart the wildebeest in minutes, and began eating it.
2. to criticize something mercilessly. The critic tore apart the entire cast of the play.
3. to divide something or the members of a group, citizens of a country, etc. The financial crisis tore the club apart. The crisis tore apart the organization.
See also: apart, tear

tear apart

1. Upset or make distraught, as in The parents' divorce tore apart the grandparents. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Criticize severely, as in The professor tore her paper apart. [Mid-1900s]
3. Search some place completely, as in The police tore the house apart. [Second half of 1900s]
4. Separate, especially unwillingly, as in The war tore many families apart.
See also: apart, tear

tear apart

1. To destroy something by or as if by tearing: The explosion tore the building apart. The tornado tore apart the barn.
2. To separate someone from someone else: Don't let your anger tear you apart from me. We can't tear the happy couple apart.
3. To criticize something harshly: The committee tore apart my report. The professor tore the student's paper apart.
See also: apart, tear

tear someone/something apart

tv. to criticize someone or something severely. I was late, and the boss tore me apart.
References in classic literature ?
Give me air, air." She seized the embroidered edges of her blue robe under her white throat and made as if to tear them apart, to fling it open on her breast, recklessly, before our eyes.
'It's on record that virtually all politicians in Kwara State have had one form of relationship or the other with the Sarakis until political differences tear them apart. Mine is not an exception.
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 26 (ANI): Seems like Khloe Kardashian has not yet forgiven beau, Tristan Thompson for the cheating scandal that threatened to tear them apart.
New Delhi [India], June 26 ( ANI ): Seems like Khloe Kardashian has not yet forgiven beau, Tristan Thompson for the cheating scandal that threatened to tear them apart.
After getting away with murder, the girls' egos will threaten to tear them apart in"Star" Season 1, episode 5, "New Voices."
Once they've fallen in love, those same circumstance tear them apart. Sporty banker William loses his legs while lowly waitress Louisa loses her job.
A friend said: "He will not tear them apart. He relented."
And that's what the sport is all about, a passion for a game which should bring countries together, not tear them apart.
Nothing could ever tear them apart. That is, until the summer Clare decides that she and Elsa should go their separate ways.
But the old squabbles and bad hair days threaten to tear them apart before they've even tuned up.
To circumvent this problem, Frank has proposed that the snowballs are covered with a carbon skin that keeps them from vaporizing until they get within 2,000 kilometers of Earth, close enough for gravity or electrical forces to tear them apart.
So the next time they cause mayhem in our streets, wouldn't it be fair if the police unleashed their dogs while we followed behind in taxis, waiting with snifter in hand, for the moment the dogs catch up and tear them apart?
ALEX Smith has vowed to show up Celtic's weaknesses at Parkhead tomorrow after seeing Porto tear them apart.
The Reds looked dead and buried after a dismal first half display which saw a rampant Harps side tear them apart with well-taken goals from lively hitmen Sammy Johnston and Jonathan Speak.But a three-goal blitz in just four minutes set the Reds on the way to victory.Dessie Baker cross from the right was met with a glancing header by Stephen Geoghegan.