UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtɛərəweɪ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(târə wā′)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
tear•a•way  (târə wā′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing:a box with a tearaway seal.

  1. [Brit.]a wild, reckless person.
  • adjective, adjectival, noun, nominal use of verb, verbal phrase tear away 1825–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tear away /tɛə/ vb
  1. (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leave
n tearaway
  1. Brit a reckless impetuous unruly person
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