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tear up

Meaning: If you tear up a piece of paper, you tear it into several pieces.

Synonym: rip up

For example:

  • tear sth up After you've collected the tickets, tear them up so they can't be used again.

  • tear up sth Some angry workers tore up their work contracts to protest the wage cuts.

Nouns often used as objects with
tear up: letter, card, contract, ticket, newspaper, memo, note

Quick Quiz:

Jenny tore up the letter and
  1. read it
  2. threw it away
  3. sent it

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