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tear-off

[ tair-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtɛərˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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adjective

designed to be easily removed by tearing, usually along a perforated line: a sales letter with a tear-off order blank.

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Origin of tear-off

First recorded in 1885–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear off
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British Dictionary definitions for tear-off

tear off
/ (tɛə) /

verb

(tr) to separate by tearing
(intr, adverb) to rush away; hurry
(tr, adverb) to produce in a hurry; do quickly and carelesslyto tear off a letter
tear someone off a strip British informal to reprimand or rebuke someone forcibly

adjective tear-off

(of paper, etc) produced in a roll or block and marked with perforations so that one section at a time can be torn off
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Idioms and Phrases with tear-off

tear off

1

Produce hurriedly and casually, as in He tore off a poem a day for an entire month.

2

Leave in a hurry, as in She tore off to the store because it was about to close. [c. 1900]

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