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(to) “Tear It Up”
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Nope…  Not like that.  That is an example of the literal meaning of tearing something up…  (for which she should lose her job.)

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Metaphorical & Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb

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The phrasal-verb (to) “Tear It Up” is a metaphorical phrase because it is comparing some action (even if loosely) to the literal phrasal-verb of “tearing (something) up” — i.e.  to rip something (usually paper, but also cloth material) into pieces — thus, rendering it destroyed or severely damaged.

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“Nancy Pelosi hates Donald Trump so much that she childishly (and very illegally) tore up the transcript for his State Of The Union speech…  (for which she will probably never receive any punishment, even though it was a VERY PUBLIC & UNDENIABLE destruction of government [and therefore, “The People’s”]) property

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But That’s Not What We Mean Here

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The phrasal-verb (to) “Tear It Up” is also idiomatic…  (not an “idiom”  those don’t exist).  It is idiomatic because it is not a very clear & close metaphorical comparison.  In other words — it does not mean exactly what the words are literally expressing.  Therefore — it is “idiomatic”.
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We use the phrase:  (to) “Tear It Up” to express that someone does, is doing, or has done something VERY well — and in a very impressive way.  But that is very different than the metaphorical meaning.  So why is it still metaphorical?
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That’s an astute observation and a very good question.  This is because we usually use this phrase to refer to one’s performance in things like:  Skateboarding, MCing, Scratching Records, Break-Dancing, and basically any other kind of “B-Boy” shit like that…  (yo!)

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Example 1:  Skateboarders “Tearing It Up”

 

 

Example 2:  Mix-Master Mike Tearing It Up On The Turn-Tables

 

 

“But That Still Doesn’t Explain Why It is Compared To Literally ‘Tearing’ Something Up!!!”

 

I hear you what you’re saying.  But I had to show you the other examples so that you will be able to comprehend the more abstract reason why this phrase is still metaphorical.

 

The reason why this is still similar to destroying something by literally “tearing it up”, is because with many things in the B-Boy culture of the examples listed above — when someone does something so incredibly well, or gives such an excellent performance — then no one wants to be the one to go after that.
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The performance of the next person will just be considered boring — or at-least, not nearly as impressive.  So it’s like the previous person’s excellent performance has “destroyed” the:  Skate Ramp or Park / Turn-Tables / Dance-Floor for the other person or people.  Like this…
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Example 3:  The Break-Dance Battle

 

 

I Hope That Makes More Sense.  Now Go Work On Yer B-Boy Moves!

 

Have An Excellent Day!

“The Teacher”

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