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Hey guys, what does the phrase mean:

"And Mr Willy Wonka tore his beard and shouted, “This is terrible! I shall be ruined!"?

Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Modern Classics relaunch) (Kindle Locations 221-222). Penguin Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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He pulled out handfuls of his beard.

This is something that people sometimes do when they are feeling extremely stressed.

Clive

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The American English idiom is "tear one's hair out" It is quite common.