tear (someone) limb from limb

Definition of tear (someone) limb from limb

  1. :  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

  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 (such 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

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  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

    :  a leg or arm of a human being

    :  a large primary branch of a tree

  1. :  dismember

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

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

    :  the expanded portion of an organ or structure

    :  the upper spreading portion of a corolla (as of the phlox) whose lower part consists of a tube of fused petals

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a brief usually trivial fact

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