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tear down

1. To rip or pull something down from a surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." The warden went around tearing down pictures and posters hanging up in prisoners' cells.
2. To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help tear down the set.
3. To demolish a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." I can't believe they haven't torn that old building down yet.
4. To deride, vilify, or excoriate someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." The director has long been a bully, tearing down those around him who would dare to challenge his authority. I don't understand why he's always tearing my work down.
5. To travel down or along something very quickly. The kids tore down the stairs to see what Santa Claus had brought them for Christmas. The motorcycle tore down the street in an ostentatious display of speed and motor power.
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tore down

1. slang Very upset or emotional. Sean has been tore down since his wife left him. A: "Did you hear that Joe died?" B: "I know, I've been tore down about it."
2. slang Intoxicated. Do you remember last night at all? You were tore down!
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tear someone or something down

to criticize or degrade someone or something. Tom is always tearing Jane down. I guess he doesn't like her. It's not nice to tear down the people who work in your office. Why are you always tearing my projects down?
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tear something down

to dismantle or destroy something. They plan to tear the old building down and build a new one there. They'll tear down the building in about two weeks.
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tear down something

to race down something very fast. (See also tear something down.) The girls tore down the hallway as fast as they could run. They tore down the stairs and ran out the door.
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tear down

1. Demolish, take apart, as in They tore down the old tenements, or He loved to tear down old engines. [Early 1600s]
2. Vilify or discredit, as in He's always tearing down someone or other. [First half of 1900s]
See also: down, tear

tear down

v.
1. To demolish something; raze something: The city tore down the old warehouses. I put up posters, but my opponents tore them down.
2. To take something apart; disassemble something: The mechanic tore down the engine. We took out the motor and tore it down to find out what was wrong with it.
3. To make vicious and damaging statements about someone or something; denigrate someone or something: The speakers tried to change the audience's opinion, but the audience tore the speakers down.
See also: down, tear

tore down

verb
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Bill Myrtle: Tearing down history what bout almost scum houses in city that bums and addicts can get hurt in tear them down oh wait just get a new mayor.
They won't let me do it on stage as the insurance won't let me" "Let us not continue the sad but common practice of building up people - especially women - just to viciously tear them down when we perceive them to have erred" Actress Anne Hathaway "We have a nostalgic sensibility in the UK.
Summary: Assir told Sidon officials Friday that they had two days to remove all Hezbollah posters from the city before he and his supporters take to the streets to tear them down.
MPs also approved a proposal to protect archaeological and historical sites and develop them into tourist attraction, rather than tear them down or replace them with concrete developments.
A BOY who put up posters in a search for his pet cat was ordered to tear them down or face an pounds 80 fine under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act.
I've got a better idea; tear them down. These unsightly blots on the landscape interfere with people's TV viewing and are ugly.
"Our options were to watch [them] decline and be an eyesore, or tear them down, which would have destroyed part of the college's heritage," says Paul Davies, vice president of finance and administration.
Build children up, [don't] tear them down. Have fun with your students, inject humor into your teaching.
Do we aim to make our leaders more effective or to tear them down? Do we assess them on the basis of pub gossip and the lens of the newspaper we read?
Liverpool's executive member for housing, Cllr Flo Clucas, said: 'Local people have complained it is a real problem so it is right to tear them down.' A report recommending demolition will go before the city council's executive board on June 24.
Since the buildings all have some historic value and some have received renovation funds from the province of Quebec's Religious Heritage Foundation, which places restrictions on demolition, it would be extremely difficult to get permission to tear them down.
The event's organisers were told to tear them down from bus shelters amid claims they could cause offence.
She admits the administration has an attitude "that government is here not to hinder but to help, not to build brick walls but to tear them down."
The 50-year-old adorned his Houghton home, in Sunderland, with banners and flags ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off this Friday ( but has since been told to tear them down.
The block is one of just two remaining in Blawarthill Street in Yoker, Glasgow, after the city council decided to tear them down.