tearaway

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noun tear·away \ˈter-ə-ˌwā\

Definition of tearaway

British

  1. :  a rebellious and unruly or reckless young person

Examples of tearaway in a sentence

  1. a gang of teenage tearaways

1950

First Known Use of tearaway

1950


TEARAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

tearaway

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noun tear·away \ˈter-ə-ˌwā\

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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