Tuesday, November 23, 2010
British Word of the Day
tearaway noun (Brit.) hooligan, delinquent, tough, rough (informal), rowdy, ruffian, roughneck (slang), good-for-nothing
Use: There must be someone who would play the part of the devoted admirer...Her cousin, a young tearaway with too much money and too much time on his hands... (An Ordinary Girl)
What a wonderful word. Is it still in use or has it gone the way of 'ruffian', I wonder? It sounds like an excise-man chasing after a bootlegger and just getting his pant pocket. Tearaway.