tear up

verb

tore up; torn up; tearing up; tears 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

Examples of tear up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From 1986 to 1991, construction of the Metro Green Line tore up U Street and the sidewalks around Ben’s, dropping sales to as little as $100 a day while nearly quadrupling the family’s tax burden. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The cleanout was controversial more than a decade ago, with some neighbors and nature enthusiasts initially opposing it, upset about the loss of trees and other vegetation being torn up to clear room to store fast-moving mud falling from the mountains during rainstorms. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 In Rogers, no one was sure who had the authority to tear up the tracks. Randy McCrory Vintage Bentonville, arkansasonline.com, 1 Feb. 2024 When Monica tears up discussing having to get re-baptized as a Mormon, Heather and Lisa Barlow chime in about how difficult the process actually is. EW.com, 9 Jan. 2024 Hungary has been wracked by energy inflation since the EU tore up its contracts with Russia. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 The holes are not on the greens, so they will not be torn up. By Bill Van Smith, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 One woman tears up at the death of a dog who kept her safe in an abusive relationship. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Anyone in the audience who can hear that without tearing up has got more steel in them than the Man of Steel. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tear up was in 1620

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“Tear up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear%20up. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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