reißen

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Etymology[edit]

Middle High German rizen, from Old High German rīzan (to scratch). From a merger of two similar verbs:

Compare English write, German ritzen.

Compare also Dutch rijten (to rip, tear), Swedish rita (to draw, design, delineate, model), Icelandic ríta (to cut, scratch, write).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʀaɪ̯sn̩/, /ˈʀaɪ̯sən/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

reißen (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present reißt, past tense riss, past participle gerissen, past subjunctive risse, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to tear (something); to pull (something) apart
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Aus dem Lande der Ostseeritter, in Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun., page 100:
      Es war als rängen beständig zwei Mächte um sie, als würde sie wehrlos von ihnen hin und her gerissen.
      It was as if two powers struggled over her continuously, as if she was torn to and fro by them defenselessly.
  2. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to break; to become torn apart
  3. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to snatch; to wrench; to yank; to drag; to tug; to pull on (something)

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