tear (someone) limb from limb

Definition of tear (someone) limb from limb

:to attack or kill (someone) in a very violent way
  • The angry mob would have torn him limb from limb if the police hadn't protected him.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

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

  2. : the act of tearing something

  3. : a hurried and violent rush : a tearing pace

  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

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

  3. : an act of weeping or grieving

  1. : to fill with tears (see 3tear) : shed tears

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

limb play
  1. : one of the projecting paired appendages (such as wings) of an animal body used especially for movement and grasping but sometimes modified into sensory or sexual organs

  2. : a leg or arm of a human being

  3. : a large primary branch of a tree

  1. : dismember

  2. : to cut off the limbs of (a felled tree)

  1. : the outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body

  2. : the expanded portion of an organ or structure


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