The mob flipped over a news van, tore down two lampposts, and threw rocks and cans; police responded with riot gear and tear gas.
She tore into the celebrities seated in the front row (Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper) as well as the clothes.
But others just tore into Jobs and were extremely critical of his moral character.
Rod Dreher, as he is wont to do, tore apart Huntsman's argument in short order.
The executives punched and tore at each other for eight hours, but in the end no one was kicked out.
In his violence Philip tore at his breast, and dragged something from beneath his shirt.
All you had to do when you got it inside a man was to turn it round a bit, and the wound gaped and tore.
I tore myself away from the staring, curious eyes of the figure.
Then he stopped, tore off his shirt, and ripped it with his right hand and his teeth into strips.
They tore up shrubs and plants that gave them food and medicine.
"water from the eye," Old English tear, from earlier teahor, tæhher, from Proto-Germanic *takh-, *tagr- (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian tar, Old High German zahar, German Zähre, Gothic tagr "tear"), from PIE *dakru-/*draku- (cf. Latin lacrima, Old Latin dacrima, Irish der, Welsh deigr, Greek dakryma). Tear gas first recorded 1917.
"act of ripping or rending," 1660s, from tear (v.1).
"pull apart," Old English teran (class IV strong verb; past tense tær, past participle toren), from Proto-Germanic *teran (cf. Old Saxon terian, Middle Dutch teren "to consume," Old High German zeran "to destroy," German zehren, Gothic ga-tairan "to tear, destroy"), from PIE *der- "tear" (cf. Sanskrit drnati "cleaves, bursts," Greek derein "to flay," Armenian terem "I flay," Old Church Slavonic dera "to burst asunder," Breton darn "piece").
The Old English past tense survived long enough to get into Bible translations as tare before giving place 17c. to tore, which is from the old past participle toren. Sense of "to pull by force" (away from some situation or attachment) is attested from late 13c. To be torn between two things (desires, loyalties, etc.) is from 1871.
1650s, mainly in American English, from tear (n.1). Related: Teared; tearing. Old English verb tæherian did not survive into Middle English.
tear 1 (târ)
A rip or rent in a material or structure.
tear 2 (tēr)
A drop of the clear salty liquid that is secreted by the lacrimal gland of the eye to lubricate the surface between the eyeball and eyelid and to wash away irritants.
A place where marijuana smokers gather (1950s+ Narcotics)
To go very fast; rush around rapidly: McAllister had no inclination to go tear-assing up the slope and into the hills (entry form 1599+, variant 1940s+)