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 for To tear off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tear \Tear\ (t[^a]r), v. t. [imp. Tore (t[=o]r), ((Obs.
     Tare) (t[^a]r); p. p. Torn (t[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tearing.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to
     destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear,
     zehren to consume, Icel. t>ae/ra, Goth. gata['i]ran to
     destroy, Lith. dirti to flay, Russ. drate to pull, to tear,
     Gr. de`rein to flay, Skr. dar to burst. [root]63. Cf. Darn,
     Epidermis, Tarre, Tirade.]
     1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend;
        to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear
        the skin or flesh.
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              Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator. --Shak.
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     2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend;
        as, a party or government torn by factions.
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     3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to
        sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
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              The hand of fate
              Hath torn thee from me.               --Addison.
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     4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
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     5. To move violently; to agitate. "Once I loved torn ocean's
        roar." --Byron.
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     To tear a cat, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially
        applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     To tear down, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.
        
  
     To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip.
  
     To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear
        out the eyes.
  
     To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by
        violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the
        foundation of government or order.
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