Definition of rend one's garments (or hair) in US English:

rend one's garments (or hair)

phrase

  • Tear one's clothes as a sign of extreme grief or distress.

    • ‘There is a gasp; the high priest rends his garments and declares Jesus a blasphemer.’
    • ‘Even today, when we approach the remaining vestige of our ancient Temple, we rend our garments like those in mourning.’