tear up

tore up; torn up; tearing up; tears up

Definition of tear up

transitive verb

1 : to damage, remove, or effect an opening in tore up the street to lay a new water main
2 : to perform or compete with great success on, in, or against couples tearing up the dance floor a batter who's tearing up the league

First Known Use of tear up

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tear up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear%20up. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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