tearaway

noun
tear·​away | \ˈter-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of tearaway 

(Entry 1 of 2)

British

: a rebellious and unruly or reckless young person

tear away

verb

Definition of tear away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove (someone, such as oneself) reluctantly

Examples of tearaway in a Sentence

Noun

a gang of teenage tearaways

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People taped posters to telephone poles with tearaway numbers, and left messages on answering machines! Jason Gay, WSJ, "Champion Caps Shake Washington, D.C.," 8 June 2018 Swapping out her striped Kappa tracksuit in lieu of Alexander Wang’s sleek twist on Adidas's classic tearaway trousers, with Burberry’s nova check scarf and an Hermès Birkin bag, Ora’s ensemble was a fresh approach to first-class comfort. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Layers It On for Holiday Travel Like a Fashion Pro," 19 Dec. 2017 In this nontackle version of the sport, players wear belts with two tearaway Velcro flags instead of helmets and pads. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Drew Brees Has a Plan to Save Football," 17 Oct. 2017 On Tuesday, the Tsar Maiden was Anastasia Matvienko, playing the role with a screwball combination of beauty and tearaway impulsiveness. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Magic and Firebirds Show the Light Side of Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of tearaway

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1699, in the meaning defined above

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tearaway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tearaway

: a young person who behaves badly and who does dangerous, foolish, or illegal things

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