tear (someone or something) in twain(redirected from tear these in twain)
tear (someone or something) in twain
old-fashioned To tear someone or something into halves or two pieces of relatively equal size. The strongman impressed the audience by tearing a phonebook in twain with his bare hands. The demonic creature grabbed poor Ishmael and tore him in twain.
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