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- (transitive) To tear into pieces.
- The student tore up his test after he found out his mark of 20%.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To damage.
- The lacrosse practice really tore up the field.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To succeed dramatically in (an area of endeavor) or against.
- In his first year, his hitting tore up the league's opposing pitchers.
2012 May 15, Scott Tobias, “Film: Reviews: The Dictator”, The Onion AV Club:
- Taking advantage of her haughty obliviousness—Faris is every bit Margaret Dumont to Baron Cohen’s Groucho—Aladeen conspires to seize power back and tear up the new constitution before it’s too late.
- (intransitive) To shed tears.
- (transitive) To wrench out of the ground.
- We tore up the weeds from the allotment.