To tear down

Related to To tear down: they've, tenacity, excitedness
to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.
- Shak.

See also: Tear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
And then at length the glorious mad descent down three plunging cataracts of rocky road, the exciting rattling of the harness, the grinding of the strong brakes, the driver's soothing calls to his horses, and the long burnished horn trailing wild music behind us, like invisible banners of aerial brass,--oh, it stirred the dullest blood amongst us thus as it were to tear down the sky towards the white roofs of Yellowsands, glittering here and there among the clouds of trees which filled the little valley almost to the sea's edge, while floating up to us came soft strains of music, silken and caressing, as though the sea itself sang us a welcome.
I am sure it will be a real pleasure to you to tear down the beautiful Emerald City, and in return for your valuable assistance we will allow you to bring back to your country ten thousand people of Oz, to be your slaves."
Then Milady attempted to tear down the doorcase, with a strength apparently above that of a woman; but finding she could not accomplish this, she in her fury stabbed at the door with her poniard, the point of which repeatedly glittered through the wood.
A senior RDA official told Dawn that the civic body had formed a team to tear down illegal structures in and around Civil Lines.
ISLAMABAD -- The Capital Development Authority (CDA) demolition drive to tear down illegal under construction structures along the Korang Nullah continued on day-three.
Local sources said that soldiers, accompanied by a bulldozer, broke into the village on Tuesday dawn, surrounded the family home of Masalha, then took its residents and locked them up in a room in their neighbour's house before they started to tear down the walls of the apartment.
In this case, prosecutors said, certain pardoned politicians abused their powers to tear down the Cosmos complex of Fijat Canoski, leader of the Party for European Future, in 2011 in revenge for his earlier decision to end his collaboration with VMRODPMNE and become a coalition partner to SDSM.
''Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for, tearing down businesses, tearing down and destroying property, things that we know will impact our community for years,'' said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a lifelong resident of the city.
The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority wants to tear down the crumbling structure to make way for a safer facility to collect and separate recyclables.
The peer said it was often better to "adopt and adapt" than to tear down, adding "pulsating life" could be given to towns and cities if well-designed new buildings were brought in alongside adaptations to older ones.
EGYPTIAN riot police fired tear gas and clashed with dozens of protesters all day yesterday as they tried to tear down a cement wall built to prevent demonstrators from reaching the parliament and the Cabinet building in central Cairo.
A few civil initiatives reacted to his statements saying that it is outrageous to tear down monuments from the Macedonian national history and that the appeals for tearing down and mining the Skopje 2014 project surpassed even the Taliban regime.