tear up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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
    5
    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