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View synonyms for tear-off

tear-off

[ tair-awf, -of ]

adjective

  1. designed to be easily removed by tearing, usually along a perforated line:

    a sales letter with a tear-off order blank.



tear off

/ tɛə /

verb

  1. tr to separate by tearing
  2. intr, adverb to rush away; hurry
  3. tr, adverb to produce in a hurry; do quickly and carelessly

    to tear off a letter

  4. tear someone off a strip informal.
    tear someone off a strip to reprimand or rebuke someone forcibly


adjective

  1. (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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Word History and Origins

Origin of tear-off1

First recorded in 1885–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear off

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Example Sentences

The German motto to-day on the tear-off calendar is: "What is to be clarified must first ferment."

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