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tear along

1. To rip (something) over the length of some line or boundary. Tear the paper along the perforated line. I folded the paper over and carefully tried to tear it along the crease.
2. To move forward extremely fast. We're right next to a highway, so we always hear the cars tearing along outside our windows at all hours of the day. I stepped to the side of the trail to make way for the runners who were tearing along.
3. To move over the course of or parallel to some path or line extremely fast. The ambulance tore along Main Street to get the injured man to the hospital. We went tearing along the coast in my uncle's powerboat.
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tear along

to go along very fast, as in running, driving, cycling, etc. The cars tore along the road, raising dust and making noise. Andy tore along on his bicycle, trying to see how fast he could go.
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References in classic literature ?
Briggs often goes out shopping for hours, or making calls, and then she pays down fair and honorable like a lady; there's no beating down or making three hours into two hours and a half, as some folks do; and it is easy work for the horses; not like tearing along to catch trains for people that are always a quarter of an hour too late; and if I don't oblige her in this matter it is very likely we shall lose them altogether.
how that snag's tearing along. If you think it ain't dismal and lone- some out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once -- you'll see.
Meantime Jack was holding fast to the post and the Saw-Horse was tearing along the road like a racer.
We went tearing along in a most exhilarating way, and I performed the delicate duties of my office very well indeed for a first attempt; but perceiving, presently, that I really was going to shoot the bridge itself instead of the archway under it, I judiciously stepped ashore.
Mine fell on to its knees and I thought that he was going to die, but in another moment he was up and off, tearing along straight past me.
Those turbid waters, hurrying, foaming, tearing along, an apt resemblance of that headlong tide of business which is poured along its wave by a race more vehement and energetic than any the old world ever saw.
Imagine this sand tearing along at ninety, a hundred, a hundred and twenty, or any other number of miles per hour.
Witnesses reported more than 100 riders tearing along Chester Road North, outside the Tesco in New Oscott, causing traffic chaos, last Saturday afternoon.
IN the last few weeks or so the national press have fed the media frenzy on the phenomenon of motor scooters tearing along pavements, with the helmeted and face-covered pillion passenger snatching mobile phones, tablets, and anything not nailed down.
The combination of tearing along with die buildup is often a largely invisible cause of poor surface finish on the extruded part.
A nice long summer is what we all need And for once I think we are all agreed G MCLANDERS, Byker Life The weave of life Weaves many tapestries The gentleman of the road shuffles along Tiny feet patter along with caring parents Youths, tearing along on skateboards and bicylces KEVIN BROWN, by email
For example: "Driver Charles Perrin, of Penarth Road depot, was fined for speeding, having been accused of tearing along at the breakneck speed of 14 mph.
Moira Hewitt, 81, said: "People come tearing along this road.