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They rushed upon him, and now the torn-up tiger could not get away.

How do you account for the torn-up appearance of the place where you found the carcasses?

A close-up of the square, still littered with torn-up paving-stones.

A horse and buggy were just ahead on the torn-up highway, going in the same direction as themselves.

Then there was silence again, and Joe—who had been to see that the lamps at each end of the torn-up street were all right—came up.

His right foot was swaddled in an ominously stained bundle of rags—evidently some torn-up garment.

He drew out of his pocket the envelope which contained the torn-up contract that Sabaroff had signed in Dora's presence.

Then in the room I found the torn-up sheet of notepaper with the words, 'Je ne sais pas,' in mademoiselle's handwriting.

Fayne began to laugh softly as he threw the torn-up letter from him piece by piece.

His crushed nose is a mass of scars, purplish like his torn-up upper lip which exposes his broken teeth.

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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