- 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
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- (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn't tear myself away from the television
- a reckless impetuous unruly person
- (as modifier)a tearaway young man
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Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]
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