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Phrasal Verbs

tear down

This page is about the phrasal verb tear down

Meaning: to demolish a building or other structure

Synonym: pull down, demolish, dismantle

For example:

  • tear down sth Many people protested against the plan to tear down the town's old library.

  • tear sth down Before Liverpool builds their new stadium, they have to tear the old one down.

Nouns often used as objects with tear down: building, shed, church, factory, shelter, fence

Quick Quiz:

The town council has decided to tear down

a. the main road

b. the old school

c. the new mayor

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Contributor: Matt Errey