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designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.


British. a wild, reckless person.



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Origin of tearaway

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

tear away
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(tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn't tear myself away from the television

noun tearaway

  1. a reckless impetuous unruly person
  2. (as modifier)a tearaway young man
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Idioms and Phrases with tearaway

tear away

Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]

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