tearing down

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Related to tearing down: teary, tearing away, tearier
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Noun1.tearing down - complete destruction of a buildingtearing down - complete destruction of a building  
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
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There lay the smooth road below us, we upon one side of it, the banked multitude wailing its other side -- a good clear road, and kept free by the police -- how good it would be to see my five hundred horsemen come tearing down it!
And soon the dogs were all tearing down the field of young wheat next to ours.
The king has ordered some novel spectacle -- some gladiatorial exhibition at the hippodrome -- or perhaps the massacre of the Scythian prisoners -- or the conflagration of his new palace -- or the tearing down of a handsome temple -- or, indeed, a bonfire of a few Jews.
The wild-ox revelled in dense herbage that often concealed his whole body; gray, black, and yellow elephants of the most gigantic size burst headlong, like a living hurricane, through the forests, breaking, rending, tearing down, devastating every thing in their path; upon the woody slopes of the hills trickled cascades and springs flowing northward; there, too, the hippopotami bathed their huge forms, splashing and snorting as they frolicked in the water, and lamantines, twelve feet long, with bodies like seals, stretched themselves along the banks, turning up toward the sun their rounded teats swollen with milk.
"Small wonder homelessness is soaring under this Tory Government, if 'tearing down tents' is their mindset."
In a widely shared video clip, Waititu asks the government to divert rivers instead of tearing down buildings.
In the video, which has 127,000 views and over 2,400 comments, members of the Kuomingtang (KMT) youth group can be seen knocking over tables, hurling chairs, tearing down banners, and splashing red paint on independence slogans at a camp set up by Taiwan independence advocates calling for a referendum.
along with other parents, was tearing down collapsed in a remote village in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, a school official said Saturday.
"We are tearing down the dated department store interior."
The measurements made later at the Faculty of Architecture showed her decisions were groundless yet she decided to ignore their expertise and proceeded with the process of tearing down Canoski's undertaking.
Macedonian police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants and refugees who stormed the border from Greece on Monday, tearing down a gate as frustrations boiled over at restrictions imposed on people moving through the Balkans.