- 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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Examples from the Web for tearaway
The bad luck for McCain is that by now the electorate can see that Obama is anything but a tearaway.John the Plumber v. Barry the Crooner
October 16, 2008
I say, Fred, I've backed 'Tearaway,' would you have me hedge off?Kate Vernon, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Ripon was going well, but could not keep the pace with Tearaway.
Another roar was given for Tearaway; the others were all cheered lustily.
Ripon held the lead, Bronze next, Harriet and Tearaway level.
I'll give you chaps a tip—have a shilling or two on Tearaway.