tear across (something or some place)

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tear across (something or some place)

To cross something or some place extremely fast. The ambulance went tearing across town to get the injured man to the hospital. A police officer tore across the courtyard in pursuit of the thief.
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tear across something

to move rapidly across some area. The boys tore across the lawn to the swimming pool. As the plane tore across the sky it made a horrendous roar.
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References in classic literature ?
I can swim," she cried, "so the game's up." Her dress was torn across, and peace being established, she fetched a needle and thread and began to mend the tear.
A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes has torn across Indiana and Ohio, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.
The myth of beasts unseen, animations on the night: Fronds of bracken hung like hair of the subway cellist, legs spread and hugging; The boxer's head thrown back, nose bloody gushing stars; The young woman breastfeeding who's fallen asleep; Gaunt man seated, finger raised, recalls certain beauty of youth; Your birthmark like a thin fox torn across the sky.
SYDNEY -- Fire officials defended Australia's defense department on Thursday after investigators revealed a military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have torn across the nation's most populous state over the past week.
Summary: Violent storms carrying possible tornados have torn across parts of Canada, killing one person and damaging many buildings.
Violent storms have torn across Australia's east coast, sweeping a man to his death, blowing roofs off houses and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of buildings.
VIOLENT storms have torn across Australia's east coast, sweeping one man to his death, blowing roofs off houses and knocking out power.
ON THE BOX: Households were torn across Merseyside in the week of March 6 1986 - between Anfield or Southfork!