TEAR in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of TEAR
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tear
 v.  separate or be separated by force; divide or disrupt; fill with tears or shed tears
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  Scarlett thought: He's got courage, coming here at this time when it wouldn't take anything to make this mob tear him to pieces because he isn't in uniform.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
2  Uncle Henry fidgeted, coughed and did not look at her, lest he catch sight of a tear that would upset him.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIX
3  "I'll tear this house down, stone by stone, and burn it and sow every acre with salt before I see either of you put foot over this threshold," she shouted.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
4  He was trying to tear down what was most precious to her.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
5  She glanced at Peter and saw that a tear was trickling down his nose.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
6  Melanie sank into a chair, picked up one of Ashley's shirts and, bowing her head over it, unconsciously began to tear the frills into small ribbons.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
7  I could tear you to pieces with them with no trouble whatsoever and I would do it if it would take Ashley out of your mind.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIV
8  The name, as Gerty saw with a clutch at the heart, had loosened the springs of self-pity in her friend's dry breast, and tear by tear Lily poured out the measure of her anguish.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
9  Man wanted to tear down, not build up.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
10  That admiration led her to study Kennicott, to tear at the shroud of intimacy, to perceive the strangeness of the most familiar.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
11  As for Peleg himself, he took it more like a philosopher; but for all his philosophy, there was a tear twinkling in his eye, when the lantern came too near.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 22. Merry Christmas.
12  It is very fat and tender, and apt to tear in pieces in hoisting it on deck.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 75. The Right Whale's Head—Contrasted View.
13  From beneath his slouched hat Ahab dropped a tear into the sea; nor did all the Pacific contain such wealth as that one wee drop.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 132. The Symphony.
14  Occasionally one of the horses would tear off with his teeth a plant full of blossoms, and walk along munching it, the flowers nodding in time to his bites as he ate down toward them.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: III
15  There are boisterous couples, who tear wildly about the room, knocking every one out of their way.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 1
Example Sentence: (96 in 7 pages)
16  Don't pull the pages so hard or they will tear.
17  Most touch-screen printers use thermal paper, which produces poor-quality records that tend to curl and tear easily.
18  The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters.
19  The ferocious winds seemed about to tear the ship to pieces.
20  This puzzle would tear the organization between opposing choices: for or against eating shark fins.
21  The new material should withstand even the greatest wear and tear.
22  His political opponents were able to tear off the show of sincerity that had been covering his deceitful intentions.
23  The carpet salesman told Simone that his most expensive brand of floor covering was warranted to be impervious to ordinary wear and tear.
24  "Let another help me!" "No; you shall tear yourself away, none shall help you: you shall yourself pluck out your right eye; yourself cut off your right hand."
25  Spelling is important: to raise a building is to put it up; to raze a building is to tear it down.
26  The only way to curb this unruly mob is to use tear gas.
27  The storm culminated in one matchless effort that seemed likely to tear the island to pieces, blow it away, and deafen every creature in it.
28  With the city centre metro closed and one of the busiest shopping and tourist areas of Istanbul groggy with tear gas, there were also warnings that the government's overreaction to what began as an environmental protest could turn more political.
29  Police used tear gas and water cannons against a demonstration by pro-secular protesters, but Monday's march to mark the founding of the Turkish republic went on in defiance of a government ban.
30  If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.