tore up

(all) tore up

1. Very upset or emotional. A colloquial variant of "(all) torn up." Sean has been really tore up since his wife left him. A: "Did you hear that Joe died?" B: "I know, I can't believe it. The whole thing's got me feeling all tore up." Thank goodness you found our cat! We've been all tore up since she ran away.
2. Very sorry and remorseful. She's acting all tore up about the whole thing, but really I think she's just sorry she got caught. I know you're angry with him, but Tom's genuinely tore up about what happened. You have a clear shot at the trophy now, so I'm pretty sure you're not actually tore up about my disqualification.
3. slang Very drunk. Do you remember last night at all? You were so tore up you could barely speak! We're going to the club tonight to get all tore up! Ugh, my head is pounding. I need to remember this feeling the next time I think getting all tore up is a good idea.
See also: tore, up

tear up

1. To violently rip or pull someone or something into pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "up." Make sure you tear up any papers that have your personal details on them. The pack of wolves tore the poor traveler up.
2. To cancel or nullify some contract or agreement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "up." He tore up the contract when he realized how little he would be paid for his work. I had no idea they would tear our deal up if we sought outside investments.
3. To pierce or rupture the surface of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "up." Please don't leave your snow chains on the car after the snow melts, it tears up the roads! Rubbing against that brick wall really tore my skin up.
4. To cause someone a great deal of pain, sadness, distress, or guilt. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "up." Can't you see you're tearing Jane up? Why do you have to treat her that way? That documentary really tore me up. I still feel so hopeless after watching it. He's still really torn up about what happened, you know.
5. To well up as if to cry; to have tears begin to appear in one's eyes. I always tear up at weddings. I noticed Janet tearing up during the speeches.
See also: tear, up
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tore (up)

and torn (up) and tore down
1. mod. distraught; emotionally upset. Fred’s really torn up about the accident.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. He wasn’t just drunk—he was massively tore up.
See also: tore, up
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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