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You never stop trying to tear me apart
Without a thought, not a care in your heart.

Sometimes you stab me with iron or steel
I just hug in return, although I'll never heal

I know, I know, you just want my support
Which I will provide, with no retort.

You used to scare kids with me back in the day
At least now you can't - it's no longer okay.

All tightened up, I wait in suspense
I cannot relax, I'm constantly tense.

My only relief in a day so bleak
Is when you leave for a second to go take a leak

When you're formal and proper, I'm stressed to the max
I want this to end, can you cut me some slacks?

Hint:

I hate owls! Wait... no... that doesn't look right.

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  • $\begingroup$ In my opinion the take a leak and the scare kids no longer okay lines were too much information. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 29 '16 at 1:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Goinghamateur ah, you are probably right. My first two riddles I felt were too obscure, so I tried to make my next two more obvious and maybe overcompensated. I'll find a happy balance eventually :) $\endgroup$ – Egor Jul 29 '16 at 2:05
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My answer is below in spoilers

a belt

You never stop trying to tear me apart
Without a thought, not a care in your heart.

Can't say I quite get this, but may refer to constant pressure against a tight belt. Stolen from Dan Russell's answer: Tearing apart is taking it off. I guess the you never stop trying part threw me for a belt loop.

Sometimes you stab me with iron or steel
I just hug in return, although I'll never heal

you can puncture new holes if a belt is too loose. Hug is wearing the belt. And I suppose just putting the belt on could entail stabbing in a simpler form, but the heal made me think in the creation of holes.

I know, I know, you just want my support
Which I will provide, with no retort.

it supports your pants

You used to scare kids with me back in the day
At least now you can't - it's no longer okay.

Beating kids is bad, mmkay

All tightened up, I wait in suspense
I cannot relax, I'm constantly tense.

Once more the belt is tight, with a possible reference to their brethren suspenders.

My only relief in a day so bleak
Is when you leave for a second to go take a leak

Undo the belt to take a leak

When you're formal and proper, I'm stressed to the max
I want this to end, can you cut me some slacks?

Slacks do be pants you would wear a belt with. And when you are trying to look fancy you must be prim and proper entailing a most vigorous tightening of belt lest gravity aims to pants you with much impropriety.

The answer may hide if its genuine:

Specifically it may cowhide if it is genuine, or be made from leather.

The hint

I hate owls! Wait... no... that doesn't look right.
Working on it...

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  • $\begingroup$ You are certainly correct! And you are right in your answers. Your first guess in the ones you are unsure about (first two) is exactly what I had in mind. Can you guess the title and the hint? $\endgroup$ – Egor Jul 29 '16 at 1:54
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You could be a

belt.

You never stop trying to tear me apart Without a thought, not a care in your heart.

Every day you "tear" the belt to take it off.

Sometimes you stab me with iron or steel I just hug in return, although I'll never heal

The metal (iron/steel) clasp fits through a hole (stabbed) that is permanent.

I know, I know, you just want my support Which I will provide, with no retort.

A belt supports you by holding up the pants.

You used to scare kids with me back in the day At least now you can't - it's no longer okay.

Many use a belt to threaten corporal punishment, which is increasing frowned on by modern society.

All tightened up, I wait in suspense I cannot relax, I'm constantly tense.

Your belt is tense all day since that is its purpose.

My only relief in a day so bleak Is when you leave for a second to go take a leak

When you visit the bathroom, your belt gets a break.

When you're formal and proper, I'm stressed to the max I want this to end, can you cut me some slacks?

"Slacks" = pants!

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  • $\begingroup$ There is no doubt in my mind this is the answer. But I'm frequently wrong. :>) $\endgroup$ – Inquisitive Jul 29 '16 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ You are right, good sir! Unfortunately, hamateur was first, and a couple of his answers were closer to what I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – Egor Jul 29 '16 at 1:56

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