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tearaway

[tair-uh-wey] /ˈtɛər əˌweɪ/
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 of tearaway
1825-1835
1825-35; adj., noun use of verb phrase tear away
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  • "A hundred to five tearaway," said the bookmaker, and his clerk booked it.

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  • I say, Fred, I've backed 'tearaway,' would you have me hedge off?

  • Fletcher Denyer saw him and, following behind, heard him book several big wagers about tearaway.

    Fast as the Wind Nat Gould
  • tearaway was in the rear, Erickson keeping close behind Tristram.

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  • Ripon made the first move forward, followed by tearaway and Tristram.

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  • I'll give you chaps a tip—have a shilling or two on tearaway.

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  • A great shout went up when Tristram got to tearaway's girth; May rode a brilliant finish.

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  • You'll maybe have a better opinion of me after tearaway's won.

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  • He took hold of tearaway and urged her forward, the gallant mare responded, her astonishing speed began to tell.

    Fast as the Wind Nat Gould

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