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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEARING

The fingers thrust at his throat—he seemed to be tearing his own flesh.

He attacks it as a bull a red cloak, goring it, stamping on it, tearing it to shreds.

He was fighting, tearing at a live thing that was striking at him.

The Mercutian spun half around with the force of the tearing bullet.

The magazine writers were "tearing off copy," the painters were simply "slapping it down."

A bell rang in the house, loudly, persistently, tearing its silence.

The last that was seen of them they were tearing down a ravine.

Then there were other animals sticking to his shoulders, tearing his back with their claws.

In the forests the loggers were tearing and slashing into all but the remnant of the 96 timber.

Legally, I should be justified in tearing it up and throwing it into the fire.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, mainly in American English, from tear (n.1). Related: Teared; tearing. Old English verb tæherian did not survive into Middle English.

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