tear at
phrasal to cause anguish to ; distress <
her grief tore at his heart
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tear at — (something) to cause you to feel emotional. There are scenes in this movie that tear at my heart because they are just like scenes from my life …   New idioms dictionary

  • tear at — phrasal : lacerate the sight of her grief tore at his heart * * * ˈtear at [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they tear at he/she/it tears at …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear at — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tear at : present tense I/you/we/they tear at he/she/it tears at present participle tearing at past tense tore at past participle torn at tear at something to pull very strongly at something The wind tore at… …   English dictionary

  • tear at — phr verb Tear at is used with these nouns as the object: ↑flesh …   Collocations dictionary

  • tear at someone's heart — tear someone’s heart out/tear at someone’s heart/literary phrase to make someone feel very sad or upset Thesaurus: to make someone feel sad or upsetsynonym Main entry: tear …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear at something — tear at (something) to cause you to feel emotional. There are scenes in this movie that tear at my heart because they are just like scenes from my life …   New idioms dictionary

  • tear at your heart — ˌtear at your ˈheart | ˌtear your ˈheart out idiom (formal) to strongly affect you in an emotional way Main entry: ↑tearidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear at something — ˈtear at sth derived to pull or cut sth violently so that it tears • He tore at the meat with his bare hands. Main entry: ↑tearderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear at someone's heartstrings — tug/pull/tear/at someone’s heartstrings phrase to make someone feel a lot of love or sympathy Thesaurus: to make someone feel a particular emotion or strong emotionssynonym Main entry: heartstrings …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear at (your) heartstrings — tear/tug at (your) heartstrings if something or someone tugs at your heartstrings, they make you feel strong love or sympathy. It s the story of a lost child guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings …   New idioms dictionary

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