tear away

tear away


  1. designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.


  1. British. a wild, reckless person.


  1. (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn’t tear myself away from the television

noun tearaway

  1. British
    1. a reckless impetuous unruly person
    2. (as modifier)a tearaway young man

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

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