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tear at

Definition of tear at

  1. :  to attack and pull pieces from (something) in a violent way <The cat tore at my pants with its claws.> —often used figuratively <Those two are always tearing at each other's throats.> <Her sadness tore at his heart.>



Word by Word Definitions

tearplay
  1. :  a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion

    :  a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face

    :  a transparent drop of fluid or hardened fluid matter (as resin)

  1. :  to fill with tears (see 1tear) :  shed tears

  1. :  to separate parts of or pull apart by force :  rend

    :  to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force :  lacerate

    :  to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

  1. :  damage from being torn (see 3tear)

    :  a hole or flaw made by tearing

    :  the act of tearing something


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