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Dear John letter

n
informal a letter from someone (esp to a man) breaking off a love affair
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In 2006, the city began mailing Dear John letters to anyone arrested for soliciting a prostitute, as well as to the owner of the car used in the crime.
Doug said: "When I was in the army at that stage there were a lot of Dear John letters from the girlfriends.
It's what they call an epistolary novel - it's a series of letters, like Dear John letters in The Sun.
Mcquay said when some inmates receive Dear John letters or something happens in their family, they take the risk and flee.
It is set to replace the fax for trendy Dear John letters.
It was usual for the conscripts to get Dear John letters off their girlfriends.
Lovers lived in fear of the chilling Dear John letters from Joely.
When, as they surely will, these love affairs hit the buffers, it'll be the women sitting down to pen the Dear John letters.
Among the kinds of letters we will examine are: love letters, letters from prison, letters to famous people, letters to Santa, political snafus exposed in writing, historical letters, e-mail catastrophes, hate mail, lying letters, letters to the editor, chain letters, and the most dreaded correspondence of them all: Dear John letters.
With Operation Desert Storm passing them by, the men struggle with Dear John letters and chemical suits that don't work.
TALES OF LOVE AND REJECTION Artist Nick Fox, left, with some of his love letters and Dear John letters.
Envelopes carry bills and junk mail and Dear John letters.