Dear John letter


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Dear John letter

A letter sent, typically from a woman to a man, to end a romantic relationship. Mike was clearly upset when he received a Dear John letter from his girlfriend, Caroline. He thought their relationship was going well and didn't expect it to end so suddenly. Mail call was usually a happy time in the military barracks, except for the unlucky soldiers who got Dear John letters from their sweethearts back home.
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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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Dear John letter

n. a letter a woman writes to her boyfriend in the military service telling him that she does not love him anymore. Sally sends a Dear John letter about once a month.
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As far as that old Dear John letter he got, Warren forgot about it a long time ago.
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Her stock in trade, the Dear John letter, is now so old it has grown hairs
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Convinced his work is now done, Ross tells Debbie they are free to leave together, and she sits down to write a Dear John letter to Pete.
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