In dictionaries, TEAR UP means only separate in pieces. Can it also mean burst into tears? What does it mean here?
Shea took a step back, bumping into the table of tomatoes, knocking one to the ground. “I’ve always wanted to apologize to you,” Shea said. He looked like he was **tearing up**.
Shea is talking to Bittner. He was there when Bittner's daughter died and couldn't do anything. Now, years later, he wants to apologize but Bittner blames him. Shea is not a very strong person and I think he would cry in this situation. Is that what tear up means?