tearaway
noun Date: 1950 British a rebellious and unruly or reckless young person

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  • tearaway — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a person who behaves in a wild or reckless manner …   English terms dictionary

  • tearaway — [ter′ə wā΄] adj. designed to be easily opened, separated, etc., as by tearing n. Brit. a nonconformist, rebel, or bohemian person …   English World dictionary

  • tearaway — UK [ˈteərəˌweɪ] / US [ˈterəˌweɪ] noun [countable] Word forms tearaway : singular tearaway plural tearaways British informal a young person who does dangerous, silly, or illegal things that often get them into trouble …   English dictionary

  • tearaway — /tair euh way /, adj. 1. designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal. n. 2. Brit. a wild, reckless person. [1825 35; adj., n. use of v. phrase tear away] * * * …   Universalium

  • Tearaway — 1. impetuous or unruly person; 2. uncontrolled; impetuous; 3. (of a sporting win, etc.) won by a long distance or a high score: They had a tearaway victory …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • tearaway — Australian Slang 1. impetuous or unruly person; 2. uncontrolled; impetuous; 3. (of a sporting win, etc.) won by a long distance or a high score: They had a tearaway victory …   English dialects glossary

  • tearaway — [[t]te͟ərəweɪ[/t]] tearaways N COUNT If you refer to a young person as a tearaway, you mean that they behave in a wild and uncontrolled way. [BRIT] He blamed lack of parental control for the young tearaways behaviour …   English dictionary

  • tearaway — /ˈtɛərəweɪ / (say tairruhway) Colloquial –noun 1. an impetuous or unruly person: *at school, where a sports minded priest had turned the Platt Street tearaway into a polished young athlete. –jack bennett, 1981. –adjective 2. uncontrolled;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tearaway — noun /ˈtɛərəweɪ/ An impetuous and reckless person who is difficult to control; a hothead. Syn: tearabout …   Wiktionary

  • tearaway — tear|a|way [ˈteərəweı US ˈter ] n informal a young person who behaves badly and often gets into trouble ▪ His car was wrecked by a couple of young tearaways …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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