To tear off

to pull off by violence; to strip.

See also: Tear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The cottage is unthatched, says Tolle, because many families had to tear off the roof of their house to prove themselves destitute, again to qualify for relief.
They are aimed mainly at businesses, with the slogan: "It's quick to stick." To back the campaign Royal Mail experts calculated that it takes 5.8 seconds to tear off an old style stamp, lick it and stick it on a letter.
To raise the stakes, Sting leapt into the middle of the dining room and began to tear off his clothes.
Only one operator is needed to tear off the required number of dispensed air cushions and insert them into each box before sending them through the case sealer.
At a hippie-style Santa Barbara wine festival, he can't even bring himself to tear off his clothing and jump into the vat with his fellow revelers.