tear apart

Definition of tear apart

  1. 1 :  to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces I couldn't open the box nicely, so I just tore it apart. —often used figuratively The robbers tore apart the house looking for the money. We tore the other team apart in yesterday's game. We can't agree, and it's tearing our family apart.

  2. 2 :  to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way especially by describing weaknesses, flaws, etc. The article tears apart the company's handling of the situation. They tore him apart when he left.

Word by Word Definitions

tearplay
  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

apartplay
  1. :  at a little distance

    :  away from one another in space or time

    :  as a separate unit :  independently

  1. :  separate, isolated

    :  holding different opinions :  divided



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