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.
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.
Continue tearing off the shingles and underlayment until you reach the roof jacks, then start over at the top of the roof.
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.
However, they sometimes pass out or go into frenzies of tearing off their clothes and clawing at their exposed skin, until they receive medical attention by staff on duty.
A DOUBLE-decker bus hit a bridge today tearing off its roof.