tear apart (third-person singular simple present tears apart, present participle tearing apart, simple past tore apart, past participle torn apart)
- (transitive) Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see tear, apart.
- She tore her ex-boyfriend’s clothes apart in fury.
- (transitive) to destroy
- 2003 The Room
- Johnny: You are lying! I never hit you! You are tearing me apart, Lisa!
- The bomb tore apart most of the town hall.
- (transitive) to cause to separate
- 1979, Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
- Love, love will tear us apart again
- (transitive, figuratively) to severely defeat
2011 February 1, Keir Murray, “Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic”, in BBC:
- But Celtic could smell blood and they tore the Reds apart in the 12th minute.
- Synonyms: take apart