tear-off

1 of 2

noun

plural -s
: part of a piece of paper intended to be removed by tearing usually along a marked line (as a row of dashes)

tear off

2 of 2

transitive verb

: to compose rapidly
tore off a whole play in three weeks
just in time to tear off a letter home

Word History

Etymology

Noun

from the phrase tear off

Transitive verb

tear entry 3

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“Tear-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear-off. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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