1. phrasal verb
If something tears people apart, it causes them to quarrel or to leave each other.
[V n P] ⇒ The quarrel tore the party apart.
[V n P] ⇒ War and revolution have torn families apart.
2. phrasal verb → tear If something tears you apart, it makes you feel very upset, worried, and unhappy.
[V n P] ⇒ Don't think it hasn't torn me apart to be away from you.
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