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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEAR

No one has seen him shed a tear, of heard him utter a complaint.

Did you read my note--or did you tear it up like the other one?

What could a heart then do but tear itself to pieces, think-thinking?

Young Lady, who reads Dickens (wiping away the tear of imbecility).

At least I shall no longer have to tear my heart out, meeting Ned in her house.

When our brethren departed, we could not tear our aged roots out of the soil.

There's that in his heart which can tear and rend; and there's that which can build.

I kissed the place; for I am sure it was blistered, as I may say, by a mother's tear!

Down on your knees and tear off the label from the wrong side of another carpet!

Or they might tire of the Nile, and wish to tear back to Cairo by train.

WORD ORIGIN

"water from the eye," Old English tear, from earlier teahor, tæhher, from Proto-Germanic *takh-, *tagr- (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian tar, Old High German zahar, German Zähre, Gothic tagr "tear"), from PIE *dakru-/*draku- (cf. Latin lacrima, Old Latin dacrima, Irish der, Welsh deigr, Greek dakryma). Tear gas first recorded 1917.

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