tear away

tearaway

[tair-uh-wey]
adjective
1.
designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.
noun
2.
British. a wild, reckless person.

Origin:
1825–35; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear away

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tear away (tɛə)
 
vb
1.  (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leave: I couldn't tear myself away from the television
 
n
2.  (Brit)
 a.  a reckless impetuous unruly person
 b.  (as modifier): a tearaway young man

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Idioms & Phrases

tear away

Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]

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