tear asunder

See: break, force, rend
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The miserable man said to himself that, when his hands should be worn out with fatigue, when his cassock should tear asunder, when the lead should give way, he would be obliged to fall, and terror seized upon his very vitals.
The blast was meant to tear asunder the fabric of the well-knitted Kuwaiti society by fomenting sectarian divisions and conflicts, His Highness the Amir said, but that would not happen as Kuwaitis value their unity and societal solidarity.
His attorney is teeth-gleaming attorney Miles Massey, alias Clooney, author of the famous Massey Pre-Nup, a watertight wedding agreement that no divorce will tear asunder.
The blast was meant to tear asunder the fabric of the well-knitted Kuwaiti society by fomenting sectarian divisions and conflicts, His Highness said, but that would not happen as Kuwaitis value their unity and societal solidarity.
In a similar sentiment, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said in a press statement as well that the "criminal" explosions meant to tear asunder Palestinian unity.