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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytear up
he/she/ittears up
present participletearing up
past tensetore up
past participletorn up
  1. 1
    to destroy something such as a piece of paper or cloth by pulling it into pieces

    I tore up all the photos of my old boyfriend.

  2. 3
    to refuse to accept something such as an agreement any longer

    We will tear up the whole treaty rather than accept this clause.

  3. 4
    tear someone up to make someone feel very unhappy or upset

    It tears me up to leave you.

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    tear it up informal to go out and enjoy yourself a lot at a party, club or bar

    We're going to tear it up tomorrow night.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/04/2012
See also main entry: tear


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