What does tearing mean?

tear off

tear off

 <rips off, ripped off, has demolished, is demolished> tear down
I.. VERB (with OBJ) to have
1. someone is tearing something down tearing down a building tearing down the old houses
2. someone tears something (from something Date) tear off a calendar sheet by tearing off
II. VERB (without OBJ) be something is tearing off
1. Split or tear under load. The hanger / button is torn off.
2. The flow of visitors / the radio connection was not interrupted.
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tear off

(has) [Vt]
1. something (of something) tear off to separate something by tearing from something ≈ to tear away: to tear off a sheet of paper from the calendar
|| K-: Tear-off pad, Tear-off calendar
2. tear something off tear something down (1) or take apart ; [Vi] (is)
3. something is tearing off something suddenly stops or is interrupted
4. something does not tear off something does not stop: the chain of serious accidents on the motorways is not breaking off
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tear off

(ˈApraisən)
verb separable, unreg.
1. Separate paper, fabric by tearing and tear off the old calendar sheet
2. Dismantle and remove buildings, scaffolding
3. To be perfect with to detach from sth. The button is torn off.
4. Radio link, contact To be perfect with interrupted, suddenly stop The series of accidents just doesn't stop.
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