tear apart

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tear apart

1. To violently rip or pull someone or something into pieces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." He tore the contract apart when he realized how little he would be paid for his work. The pack of wolves tore apart their prey.
2. For a disagreement, problem, or outside factor to cause division in or force the dissolution of a relationship or group, such as of a romantic couple, family members, or organization. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." The death of a child is the most calamitous thing anyone can experience, and it ends up tearing many couples apart. It's such a shame to see a family torn apart by squabbles over money. The issue has been tearing the community apart for months.
3. To criticize or reproach someone or something in a severe and merciless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." The reviews absolutely tore apart the sequel, but I don't think it was that bad. I heard the boss tearing Jack apart for his handling of the Jefferson account.
4. To cause someone to be extremely or inconsolably sad; to devastate someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." Can't you see you're tearing Jane apart? Why do you have to treat her that way? That documentary really tore me apart. I still feel so hopeless after watching it.
5. To search through some place very thoroughly and aggressively, often leaving things in disarray as a result. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "apart." I tore the house apart looking for my passport. FBI investigators have been tearing the office building apart in search of documents linking the corporation to criminal activity. Burglars tore the place apart looking for anything valuable.
See also: apart, tear

tear a place apart

Fig. to search somewhere to the point of destruction. The cops came with a search warrant and tore your room apart. If you don't come up with the money you kept for us, we'll tear apart your house!
See also: apart, place, tear

tear someone apart

 
1. Lit. to rip someone apart savagely. (See also tear something apart.) Max threatened to tear Tom apart. The bear tore apart the hiker.
2. Fig. to cause two people, presumably lovers, to separate unwillingly. The enormous disruption of the accident tore them apart and they separated. The bickering between their parents finally tore apart the engaged couple.
3. Fig. to cause someone enormous grief or emotional pain. The death of her dog tore her apart. It was the dog's death that tore apart Barbara.
4. Fig. to criticize someone mercilessly. The critic tore apart the entire cast of the play. Why do you have to tear yourself apart for making a little error?
See also: apart, tear

tear something apart

 
1. to pull or rip something apart. (See also tear someone apart.) The bear tore the tent apart. The lions tore apart the wildebeest in minutes, and began eating it.
2. to criticize something mercilessly. The critic tore apart the entire cast of the play.
3. to divide something or the members of a group, citizens of a country, etc. The financial crisis tore the club apart. The crisis tore apart the organization.
See also: apart, tear

tear apart

1. Upset or make distraught, as in The parents' divorce tore apart the grandparents. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Criticize severely, as in The professor tore her paper apart. [Mid-1900s]
3. Search some place completely, as in The police tore the house apart. [Second half of 1900s]
4. Separate, especially unwillingly, as in The war tore many families apart.
See also: apart, tear

tear apart

v.
1. To destroy something by or as if by tearing: The explosion tore the building apart. The tornado tore apart the barn.
2. To separate someone from someone else: Don't let your anger tear you apart from me. We can't tear the happy couple apart.
3. To criticize something harshly: The committee tore apart my report. The professor tore the student's paper apart.
See also: apart, tear

tear someone/something apart

tv. to criticize someone or something severely. I was late, and the boss tore me apart.
References in classic literature ?
She tore us apart twice, but in the rectory that evening she was given one more chance to make us happy.
"Seize the man," he cried to his warriors, and a hundred ruthless hands tore us apart.
The provost-marshal and his men tore us apart when last we met."
We held your hand while you passed away, we know this as our saddest day, you are at peace now but it tore us apart, we lost our dad which broke our hearts.
"Warrington were absolutely fantastic and tore us apart from the start.
Although your death tore us apart you haven't really gone, in the faces of our children your memory lives on.
"He really tore us apart so to not have him in their team is a bit of a blow for them," he added.
"They tore us apart in the second half, it was like men against boys.
"When Bolton lost at Middlesbrough in January, we were three down in 20 minutes and Mark Viduka tore us apart - I would not mind more of the same from him."
When I was at Sheffield United he tore us apart once for Grimsby and his potential was so good that Man United wanted to take him on an end of season trip to assess him.
United boss Barry Russell said: 'They tore us apart last time but we've improved and are hoping for a different outcome.'
'Cameron played against my Gillingham youth team game 18 months ago, tore us apart and scored in City's 3-0 win,' said Hare.
Although your death tore us apart, you haven't really gone, in faces of your brothers your memory lives on.
"They were more physical than anything else we've faced this season and they took the lead with a very well worked goal that tore us apart.
Does everyone remember how Valencia tore us apart at Anfield?