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tearaway

[ tair-uh-wey ]
/ ˈtɛər əˌweɪ /
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adjective
designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.
noun
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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How to use tearaway in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tearaway

tear away
/ (tɛə) /

verb
(tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn't tear myself away from the television
noun tearaway
British
  1. a reckless impetuous unruly person
  2. (as modifier)a tearaway young man
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Other 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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