tearing off

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Not contented with tearing off all the wainscot and hangings, and splitting the doors to pieces, they beat down the partition walls; and although that alone cost them near two hours, they cut down the cupola or lanthorn, and they began to take the slate and boards from the roof, and were prevented only by the approaching daylight from a total demolition of the building.
His very nickname, "Scratch," arose from a Berserker trick of his, in fighting, of tearing off his opponent's face.
That knight was Sir Meliag- raunce, as I found out by tearing off his helmet.
The crowd washed back sudden, and then broke all apart, and went tearing off every which way, and Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap.
In their childlike glee, aroused by the fire and their luck in successfully cannonading the French, our artillerymen only noticed this battery when two balls, and then four more, fell among our guns, one knocking over two horses and another tearing off a munition-wagon driver's leg.
Thirteen hundred--there you are, Kelly," said Anthony, tearing off a check.
Some were tearing off the husks from cocoanuts; some perched in the trees were throwing down bread-fruit to their companions, who gathered them into heaps as they fell; while others were plying their fingers rapidly in weaving leafen baskets in which to carry the fruit.
I think Miss Pocket was conscious that the sight of me involved her in the danger of being goaded to madness, and perhaps tearing off her cap - which was a very hideous one, in the nature of a muslin mop - and strewing the ground with her hair - which assuredly had never grown on her head.
He said two of the devices exploded as he ran into the street to throw them into a nearby canal--the second tearing off his legs.
Depicting Beowulf's mortal battle with the monster, the story tells how Beowulf bested Grendel by tearing off its arm, as its hide was enchanted and could not be pierced with mortal weapons.
Millegan prepared for the role of an Internet-surfing masturbator in the movie On_Line by chatting up men in a "bear" chat room--not to mention tearing off his shirt and shoving his hand down his pants for the audition.
On the morning of the second day, a rebellion broke out, with prisoners tearing off their ID numbers and stocking caps, cursing the guards, and barricading their cell doors with their beds.