Definition of tearaway in English:



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

    ‘some young tearaways set fire to the house’
    • ‘Classical music is to be piped out of speakers at Billericay rail station in an effort to deter young tearaways who intimidate passengers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anti-social Behaviour Orders have proved themselves to be an effective weapon against all kinds of young tearaways over the past few years.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, teenagers tend to get tarred with same brush these days but we're not all young tearaways.’
    • ‘Last week, Scotland on Sunday revealed that ministers wanted to tag children as young as 10 in an effort to clamp down on tearaways.’
    • ‘Bashir Ahmed 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 in Torbay Close, Deane.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The young Reyes nonetheless had plenty of the tearaway in him when he started training with Sevilla at the age of nine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Officials in the government's new ‘respect unit’ are drawing up the package of measures to tackle young tearaways and ‘neighbours from hell’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some families in the area have also complained about being the victims of intimidation from young tearaways.’
    • ‘He entered Hughes' gym where he trains some of the best young fighters, and biggest tearaways, in the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    hooligan, hoodlum, ruffian, lout, rowdy, roughneck
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