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"on a tear"

Posted by ESC (USA) on July 07, 2004

In Reply to: "On a tear" posted by Terry on July 07, 2004

: : I have been coming across the phrase "on a tear" a lot lately here in the US. I checked the OED and found the meanings "a spree (US slang)" and "a violent rage, passion" for the word tear, which seem to fit the general sense of the phrase. Has anyone else noticed this phrase cropping up a lot recently, or has it been around forever and I've just never caught it before? I don't see it listed on any of the cliche/idiom sites I've visited.

: I always thought it was "On a terror"

I am familiar with "on a tear." Done it a few times myself.