tear (someone) off a strip

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tear (someone) off a strip

British, informal
: to talk angrily to (someone who has done something wrong)
  • His dad tore him off a strip for denting the car.

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

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

strip play
  1. : to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from

  2. : to deprive of possessions

  3. : to divest of honors, privileges, or functions

  1. : a long narrow piece of a material

  2. : a long narrow area of land or water

  3. : airstrip


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