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Dear John

noun, Informal.
1.
a letter from a woman informing her boyfriend or fiancé that she is ending their relationship or informing her husband that she wants a divorce:
Nothing is worse for a soldier's morale than getting a Dear John.
2.
any letter terminating a relationship.
Also called Dear John letter.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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British Dictionary definitions for dear john letter

Dear John letter

noun
1.
(informal) a letter from someone (esp to a man) breaking off a love affair
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Contemporary definitions for dear john letter
noun

a letter from a woman to a man terminating a personal relationship, esp. to a man at a distance; also called Dear John

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Dear John

modifier

: Dear-John letter

noun phrase

A letter or other means of informing a fiance´, spouse, boyfriend, etc, that one is breaking off the relationship (fr WWII armed forces)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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