The house is all tore up—we been tryin' t' clean house a little.
Letitia flounced off, and Betty, his back turned, tore up the drawing.
More than once she tore up the sheet, dried her eyes, and began again.
For an hour he thought, wrote, tore up what he had written, and began again.
When Jeffrey tore up the life of his fellow prisoner he did it as if he tore his own past ...