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  1. designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.
  1. British. a wild, reckless person.

Origin of tearaway

First recorded in 1825–35; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear away
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British Dictionary definitions for tear away

tear away

  1. (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn't tear myself away from the television
noun tearaway
  1. British
    1. a reckless impetuous unruly person
    2. (as modifier)a tearaway young man
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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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