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tear down

1. To rip or pull something down from a surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." The warden went around tearing down pictures and posters hanging up in prisoners' cells.
2. To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help tear down the set.
3. To demolish a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." I can't believe they haven't torn that old building down yet.
4. To deride, vilify, or excoriate someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "down." The director has long been a bully, tearing down those around him who would dare to challenge his authority. I don't understand why he's always tearing my work down.
5. To travel down or along something very quickly. The kids tore down the stairs to see what Santa Claus had brought them for Christmas. The motorcycle tore down the street in an ostentatious display of speed and motor power.
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tore down

1. slang Very upset or emotional. Sean has been tore down since his wife left him. A: "Did you hear that Joe died?" B: "I know, I've been tore down about it."
2. slang Intoxicated. Do you remember last night at all? You were tore down!
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tear someone or something down

to criticize or degrade someone or something. Tom is always tearing Jane down. I guess he doesn't like her. It's not nice to tear down the people who work in your office. Why are you always tearing my projects down?
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tear something down

to dismantle or destroy something. They plan to tear the old building down and build a new one there. They'll tear down the building in about two weeks.
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tear down something

to race down something very fast. (See also tear something down.) The girls tore down the hallway as fast as they could run. They tore down the stairs and ran out the door.
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tear down

1. Demolish, take apart, as in They tore down the old tenements, or He loved to tear down old engines. [Early 1600s]
2. Vilify or discredit, as in He's always tearing down someone or other. [First half of 1900s]
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tear down

v.
1. To demolish something; raze something: The city tore down the old warehouses. I put up posters, but my opponents tore them down.
2. To take something apart; disassemble something: The mechanic tore down the engine. We took out the motor and tore it down to find out what was wrong with it.
3. To make vicious and damaging statements about someone or something; denigrate someone or something: The speakers tried to change the audience's opinion, but the audience tore the speakers down.
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tore down

verb
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plan to build 700 miles offence along its border, saying it was a 'shameful' initiative for a democracy." Fox "said barriers between nations belong to the last century and, like the Berlin Wall in 1989, were torn down by popular uprisings."
Otherwise, it will be torn down by "inspectors." Also unusual among such communities around the world, Kibera's occupants of "mud huts and scrap steel shanties," who lack any running water, sewers, sanitation, or toilets, still have to pay rents to mostly outside landlords.
The Palast will be torn down to make way for the reconstruction of the Prussian royal castle, which occupied much of the site until it was destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II and then demolished under the German Democratic Republic government.
If buildings were torn down quickly, we could forget them and the era they stood for.
In many cases, new businesses have sprung up around the new stadiums attempting to replicate neighborhoods that have been torn down to make way for them.
In five years, we had to move because the building was torn down and replaced by a glitzy edifice featuring wraparound windows and rents that were out of sight.
In between there is a lot of bum out material: EMB being torn down, pools being dozed, including Buena Vista and the Vagabond (with a tribute to the latter), and the fact that Neil Heddings is still in jail (and the guy's made killer stickers of the old Santa Cruz Cell Block guy in a prison outfit doing a frontside roast beef.
Whaling made it fabulously wealthy in the mid-1800s, and many of the old homes on the island have been rejuvenated rather than torn down and replaced.
In a recap process, the trucks are torn down to the frame rail assembly and all the components are inspected and overhauled to required original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards.
The vestry approved a radical design that would have torn down the building and reconstructed the cathedral underground beneath a large cross sculpture, to be reflected in a glass office tower.
Several hundred concrete structures have been torn down to make way for private development, with some of the structures having LBP on them from previous coats of paint added during years of military use.
Now it has been torn down just ahead of a Tuesday deadline.
Since 1999, ail of these places have been torn down. A new branch of LaSalle Bank, a Jewel-Osco grocery and drug store, a Save-A-Lot grocery, a Walgreen's pharmacy, a senior citizens' home and the entertainment center have opened in the neighborhood.
TORN DOWN: Council worker Harris Ali removes one of the offending signs in Hillfields.
"If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow." --Jan.