tear apart

phrasal verb

tore apart; torn apart; tearing apart; tears apart
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
: 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.

Examples of tear apart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande star in the film as Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good), who form an unlikely friendship that is torn apart by external forces. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 1 July 2024 For a country which has been torn apart through wars and suffered natural disasters such as May’s floods, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan is conscious that his team’s success provides a degree of happiness for Afghan cricket fans. Ben Morse, CNN, 26 June 2024 To understand the forces tearing apart California’s Shasta County, consider what has happened to Cathy Darling Allen. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 Also worth reading 🌎 World: A stage collapsed at a Mexican election campaign rally on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring dozens as high winds tore apart the large, concert-style structure, scattering politicians and attendees. Leah Olajide, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tear apart 

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“Tear apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear%20apart. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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