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reißen

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Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
Richard Cecil
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German

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Etymology

Middle High German rizen, originally *(w)riten, from Old High German rīzen (to scratch). Compare English write, German ritzen.

Verb

reißen (strong, third-person singular simple present reißt, past tense riss, auxiliary haben or sein, past participle gerissen)

  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to tear (something); to pull (something) apart
  2. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to break; to become torn apart
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to snatch; to wrench; to yank; to drag; to tug; to pull on (something)

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