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.) And that I had won his friendship, all thanks were due to John Barleycorn.
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.
RAWALPINDI: Police here in the city became embroiled in another case of cruelty after they were seen tearing off women's clothes during a raid on an allegedgambling den, according to closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage on Sunday.
OKARA -- Over 25 people were booked for beating and tearing off the uniform of a constable on Gogera Road.
The investigative committee said 11 people in Moscow and five others in the suburbs were killed as high winds and rain ripped through the Russian capital on Monday, felling trees, tearing off roofs and damaging over 2,000 cars.
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.
Paintblock solves the three most common problems associated with painter's tape: paint leaking/bleeding under the masking tape, tape tearing when masking tape is removed and paint tearing off the masked surface when tape is removed.
YOUNG thug Damien French was spared jail yesterday for tearing off a Muslim woman's head veil after he made a public apology.
Continue tearing off the shingles and underlayment until you reach the roof jacks, then start over at the top of the roof.