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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  • I say, Fred, I've backed 'Tearaway,' would you have me hedge off?

  • Another roar was given for Tearaway; the others were all cheered lustily.

  • I'll give you chaps a tip—have a shilling or two on Tearaway.

  • Ripon held the lead, Bronze next, Harriet and Tearaway level.

  • Ripon was going well, but could not keep the pace with Tearaway.