a Dear John letter


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a Dear John letter

a letter a woman writes to her boyfriend telling him that she does not love him anymore. Bert got a Dear John letter today from Sally. He was devastated.
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a Dear John letter

  (humorous)
a letter that you send to a man telling him you want to end a romantic relationship with him I've always thought Dear John letters a cowardly way of ending a relationship.
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His longtime girlfriend back home had sent him a Dear John letter while Warren was off serving his country as an Air Force pilot instructor in World War II.