UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtɛərɪŋ/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(tēringfor eyes/weeping; târing for other senses)

From the verb tear: (⇒ conjugate)
tearing is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. tore a hole in my [sleeve, jacket]
  2. tore it to [pieces, shreds, smithereens]
  3. tore the [piece, sheet] of paper in [two, half, pieces]
  4. tore it into [little, tiny] pieces
  5. (have) torn [a muscle, my hamstring, a ligament]
  6. tear a page out of the [book, magazine]
  7. tear out [the page, a coupon, an article, an ad]
  8. tear off a [flyer, poster]
  9. tear your hair out (in horror)
  10. tear the [lovers, two] apart
  11. tear up the [ticket, contract, bill]
  12. tear down the [house, building]
  13. tear up the [lawn, house]
  14. tear the [lawn] up
  15. tear up the [street, parking lot]
  16. tear back [home, to the school, to work]
  17. tear down the [road, street]
  18. tear through the [town, streets]
  19. tear away from the [police, robbery]
  20. tear away [in a car, on a motorcycle]
  21. couldn't tear myself away from the [book, movie]
  22. tear up at the [thought, sight] of
  23. tearing up from the [book, movie]
  24. UK: (oops,) that's torn it!
  1. a [baby's, child's] tears
  2. the tears of a [baby, clown]
  3. [spoilt, hungry, tired] tears
  4. [burst into, shed, spill] tears
  5. shed a tear for [him, her father, the victims]
  6. didn't even shed a tear
  7. without even shedding a tear
  8. the [sight, loss, insult] reduced her to tears
  9. was reduced to tears [by, at] the [sight, thought] (of)
  10. tears washed away the [dirt, dust]
  11. tears were [rolling, flowing] down his [face, cheek]
  12. his face was awash [in, with] tears
  13. the tears made her [make-up, eyeliner] run
  14. tears filled his eyes
  15. tears of [joy, sadness, relief, sorrow]
  16. [cry, shed, just] crocodile tears
  17. a [muscle, ligament, joint] tear
  18. a tear in the [book, contract, jeans, fabric]
  19. there was a tear on the [page, document]
  20. have a [big, small] tear in my [jacket, pocket]
  21. got a tear in my [jacket]
  22. the [car, computer] is showing signs of wear and tear
  23. UK: the [shoppers, vandals, lottery winners] went on a tear
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