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[tair-uh-wey] /ˈtɛər əˌweɪ/
designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing:
a box with a tearaway seal.
British. a wild, reckless person.
Origin of tearaway
First recorded in 1825-35; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Often, too, when we tear away the thick turf that mantles the hill-slopes, we find the same phenomena.

  • Instead, he pretended to wipe a tear away from each of his eyes.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It surged along the shores, and threatened to tear away the building which had been erected.

  • It was struggling to tear away a mask that hid its own face.

  • But I still hold the ribbon in my hand—that is your love, which you cannot tear away.

  • Memory was struggling furiously to tear away the curtain that hid the past.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • He tried to tear away from his bed-head and from the foot, those huge, open eyes with the dark, watchful pupils.

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • He had knocked the horse down, then dropped his club to tear away the dog.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • Ceaselessly the mighty surges piled up against the ridge at our feet, as if to tear away the solid foundations of the mountain.

    The Guardians of the Columbia John H. (John Harvey) Williams
  • She wanted to tear away her flesh, but it seemed to resist her.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
British Dictionary definitions for tear away

tear away

(transitive, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leave: I couldn't tear myself away from the television
  1. a reckless impetuous unruly person
  2. (as modifier): a tearaway young man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with tear away

tear away

Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [ Late 1700s ]
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