The following pages may contain unorthodox or informal material. Any words or opinions presented in this section are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Listen & Learn.

Tore Up, one of Detroit's favorite slang terms!

<<< Back to Slang USA Cities Map
(adjective) Messed Up

Usually pronounced as “toe up”, it is used to describe something that is in a state of disarray.  It can also be intensified by adding “from the floor (pronounced “flow”) up” after it. 

Cheri: “Girl, you see NeNe at the club last night?”

DeShon: “She was tore up from the floor up!”


TJ: “You better put that blunt down or you gonna get tore up.”

Damon: “Ima just hit a bit.  I ain’t gonna toke the whole zone.”

“Tore up” is used to describe something that is a physical or implied mess.  It comes from a reference that something is ripped or torn.  It can be something physical like a messy room or an unkempt person. It can also be used to describe someone that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It is used in Ariok’s piece “Tore Up from the Floor Up” featuring C-Ry.


More slang
from Detroit
(Balla) (Pawtna) (Riding Dirty) (Bait)
Quick enquiry
Mad thanks to
Tina Hakala
for the sick slang
Hit us up with some slang of your own, yo: