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tearing

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adjective tear·ing \ˈter-iŋ\

Definition of tearing

  1. 1 :  causing continued or repeated pain or distress

  2. 2 :  hasty, violent

  3. 3 chiefly British :  splendid



1581

First Known Use of tearing

1581



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