tear out of (something or some place)(redirected from tear them out of)
tear out of (something or some place)
1. To separate or remove something (from something else) by ripping or pulling it out forcefully. A noun or pronoun is used between "tear" and "out." The accountant started tearing pages out of the ledger and burned them in the fireplace to hide the fraudulent transactions. The cannonball tore a sizable chunk out of the ship's hull.
2. To pull or push someone forcefully out (or something or some place). A noun or pronoun is used between "tear" and "out." The police tore the suspect out of his car and slammed him onto the ground. The gale-force winds tore the sentry out of the watch tower.
3. To cause someone to leave some state very abruptly or forcibly. A noun or pronoun is used between "tear" and "out." The sound of the alarms tore me out of my daydream. The war tore millions of people out of their normal lives.
4. To remove someone from something or some place very abruptly and forcibly. A noun or pronoun is used between "tear" and "out." The secret police began tearing suspected dissidents out of their homes in the middle of the night. The girl was torn out of her family by child protection services.
5. To leave or depart from some place extremely quickly. Suddenly, without saying a word, Mark grabbed his coat and tore out of the room. The officers hopped in the car and tore out of the police station, sirens blazing.
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tear something out of somethingand tear something out
to remove something from something by ripping or tearing. Tear the coupons out of the magazine and save them. Please tear out the coupons.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.