rip up

phrasal verb

ripped up; ripping up; rips up
: to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
He ripped up the check.
She ripped the letter up into tiny pieces.

Examples of rip up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, right-wingers would like to rip up America’s whole safety net. Paul Krugman, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 In 1998, the Supreme Court ripped up the longstanding exemption, telling the government that allowing Haredim to get out of conscription violated equal protection principles. Mick Krever, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 Eradicating TikTok, like the killing off of Vine, rips up a piece of the social fabric. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 15 Mar. 2024 Some in the state are ripping up mustard plants and turning them into paper, dyes, pesto and, of course, mustard, the condiment. Eric Risberg and Janie Har, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 Roger Mitchell, a former D.C. medical examiner, said inmates could rip up the paperwork and either smoke it or place pieces of it under their tongues to get intoxicated. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Around a decade ago, a conservation nonprofit worked out a deal to buy the 2,100-acre tract from the farmer, rip up the fields, and restore the ancient vegetation that once existed there. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 While there, he was given instructions to visit a prize payment office instead and a staff member ripped up his lottery ticket by habit, according to the Indiana Chronicle. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 Some Argentina fans responded by ripping up and throwing seats at the officers as other fans panicked and came onto the pitch to escape the fighting. Reuters, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023

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“Rip up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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