tearaway

noun tear·away \ ˈter-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of tearaway

British
: a rebellious and unruly or reckless young person

Examples of tearaway in a Sentence

  1. a gang of teenage tearaways

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First Known Use of tearaway

1950

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tear away

verb

Definition of tear away

: to remove (someone, such as oneself) reluctantly

First Known Use of tear away

circa 1699

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TEARAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

tearaway

Definition of tearaway for English Language Learners

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


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