tearing away

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But, when they were once past the pay-place and tearing away for very life with their checks in their hands, and, above all, when they were fairly in the theatre, and seated in such places that they couldn't have had better if they had picked them out, and taken them beforehand, all this was looked upon as quite a capital joke, and an essential part of the entertainment.
Police said the bus slid through a left bend in the road, shooting past a two-storey home and tearing away its balconies before slamming into the block of flats.
Oregon Department of Transportation crews who were tearing away asphalt from a 200-foot long section of the highway encountered thicker-than-expected asphalt, which slowed the removal process, ODOT said.