a commotion, esp. as (US jazz) , a spell of wild, destructive behaviour, a mêlée.
|‘The Cadger’s Ball’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 147: Oh, what a spicy flare-up, tear-up, / Festival Terpsichory.|
|Guardian Guide 31 July–6 Aug. 23: Like the cavalry in the last reel of a John Wayne movie, looking for a good tear-up with those pesky Injuns.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 261: I wouldn’t have fancied Sly’s chances if it had come to a tear-up.|