Definition of tearaway in English:


Pronunciation /ˈterəˌwā/ /ˈtɛrəˌweɪ/

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  • A person who behaves in a wild or reckless manner.

    ‘some young tearaways set fire to the house’
    • ‘He is urging police chiefs to ‘get tough’ with young tearaways after the firebomb was hurled at his car parked on the drive of his home.’
    • ‘Earlier the vigilantes - who've not been named publicly - had declared war on young tearaways saying they were ‘prepared to do time to stop them.’’
    • ‘Officials in the government's new ‘respect unit’ are drawing up the package of measures to tackle young tearaways and ‘neighbours from hell’.’
    • ‘Controversial plans to put tags on children as young as 10 have been widely criticised amid fears they could merely become a ‘badge of honour’ for young tearaways.’
    • ‘She said too few Anti Social Behaviour Orders had been slapped on young tearaways and vandals, despite the misery they caused residents.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, teenagers tend to get tarred with same brush these days but we're not all young tearaways.’
    • ‘Though it has to be said that Ms Gee Turner lost them when she suggested that young tearaways should be taken dog-sledding in the Arctic and not actually abandoned there to be eaten by polar bears.’
    • ‘A bail hostel may begin as no more than temporary accommodation for young tearaways, but becomes, in the course of time, housing for dangerous criminals.’
    • ‘A scheme that draws young tearaways back on to the straight and narrow with a taste of military discipline is to be expanded nationwide, it was announced yesterday.’
    • ‘Anti-social Behaviour Orders have proved themselves to be an effective weapon against all kinds of young tearaways over the past few years.’
    • ‘Classical music is to be piped out of speakers at Billericay rail station in an effort to deter young tearaways who intimidate passengers.’
    • ‘Some families in the area have also complained about being the victims of intimidation from young tearaways.’
    • ‘Something of a tearaway when he was younger, Dettori has now adopted a squeaky-clean image as devoted family man - wife Catherine is expecting their fifth child.’
    • ‘Magnanimously, we proffered the encouraging thought that the young tearaway would soon be back in the Australian XI.’
    • ‘At the heart of the matter is the fact that Australians are our tearaway younger brothers and we love them.’
    • ‘He's a product of workaday south London and was a bit of a tearaway in his younger days.’
    • ‘Last week, Scotland on Sunday revealed that ministers wanted to tag children as young as 10 in an effort to clamp down on tearaways.’
    • ‘He entered Hughes' gym where he trains some of the best young fighters, and biggest tearaways, in the country.’
    • ‘Gibson has been joined by his younger brother, notionally a bit of a tearaway, played by Joaquin Phoenix, living with him now to keep him company.’
    • ‘The young Reyes nonetheless had plenty of the tearaway in him when he started training with Sevilla at the age of nine.’
    hooligan, hoodlum, ruffian, lout, rowdy, roughneck
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