tear off something

tear off something
tear off (something) to quickly remove something.

She tore off her apron and ran outside to see what had happened.


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  • tear-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from the phrase tear off : part of a piece of paper intended to be removed by tearing usually along a marked line (as a row of dashes) * * * /tair awf , of /, adj. designed to be easily removed by tearing, usually… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tear off : present tense I/you/we/they tear off he/she/it tears off present participle tearing off past tense tore off past participle torn off 1) to remove your clothes quickly and carelessly The boys tore… …   English dictionary

  • tear into something — in. to begin eating food with gusto. □ The family tore into the mountain of food like they hadn’t eaten since breakfast which was true, in fact. □ Jimmy tore into the turkey leg and cleaned it off in no time …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • tear off a strip — tear (someone) off a strip (or tear a strip off (someone)) Brit informal : to talk angrily to (someone who has done something wrong) His dad tore him off a strip for denting the car. • • • Main Entry: ↑strip tear (someone) off a strip see ↑strip …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear off a strip — tear (someone) off a strip British, informal, British & Australian, informal to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. He tore her off a strip for being late …   New idioms dictionary

  • tear off — verb rip off violently and forcefully The passing bus tore off her side mirror • Syn: ↑tear away • Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear — tear1 W3S3 [tıə US tır] n 1.) [C usually plural] a drop of salty liquid that comes out of your eye when you are crying ▪ The children were all in tears . ▪ She came home in floods of tears . ▪ I could see that Sam was close to tears . ▪ Bridget… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tear — 1 noun 1 (C) a drop of salty liquid that flows from your eye when you are crying: Tears just rolled down his face. | tear stained cheeks | (be) in tears (=crying): My wife actually broke down in tears telling me. | burst into tears (=suddenly… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tear — tear1 [ ter ] (past tense tore [ tɔr ] ; past participle torn [ tɔrn ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to pull something so that it separates into pieces or gets a hole in it, or to become damaged in this way: RIP: It s made of very… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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