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.


He pulled out handfuls of his beard.

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



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