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tear apart

Meaning: to destroy something by breaking it into two or more pieces

Synonym: rip apart

For example:

  • tear apart sth There are these piranha fish with really sharp teeth that can tear apart an animal in just a few seconds.

  • tear sth apart Racial tension will tear this country apart unless we do something fast.

Quick Quiz:

The car was torn apart by
  1. a bomb
  2. a flat tyre
  3. running out of petrol

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