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[rip] /rɪp/
verb (used with object), ripped, ripping.
to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner:
to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner:
to rip bark from a tree.
to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
Digital Technology. to copy (audio or video files from a CD, DVD, or website) to a hard drive or mobile device, typically by extracting the raw data and changing the file format in the process:
Can you rip this CD for me?
See also DAE.
verb (used without object), ripped, ripping.
to become torn apart or split open:
Cheap cloth rips easily.
Informal. to move with violence or great speed:
The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.
a rent made by ripping; tear.
Slang. a cheat, swindle, or theft; ripoff:
The average consumer doesn't realize that the new tax is a rip.
Verb phrases
rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
rip off, Slang.
  1. to steal or pilfer.
  2. to rob or steal from.
  3. to swindle, cheat, or exploit; take advantage of:
    phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.
rip out, Informal. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.
let rip, Slang.
  1. to utter a series of oaths; swear.
  2. to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.
  3. to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.
Origin of rip1
1470-80; 1960-65 for def 10; obscurely akin to Frisian rippe, dialectal Dutch rippen; compare dialectal English ripple to scratch
Related forms
rippable, adjective
unrippable, adjective
Can be confused
burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob)
1. See tear2 . 7. laceration, cut. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rip into


requiescat or requiescant in pace
Word Origin
Latin: may he, she, or they rest in peace


verb rips, ripping, ripped
to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
(transitive; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughly: they ripped out all the old kitchen units
(intransitive) (informal) to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong
(informal) (intransitive) foll by into. to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)
(transitive) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain
(transitive) (informal, computing) to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment
let rip, to act or speak without restraint
the place where something is torn; a tear or split
short for ripsaw
See also rip off, rip on, rip up
Derived Forms
rippable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Flemish rippen; compare Middle Dutch rippen to pull


short for riptide (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from rip1


noun (informal, archaic)
something or someone of little or no value
an old worn-out horse
a dissolute character; reprobate
Word Origin
C18: perhaps altered from rep, shortened from reprobate
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Word Origin and History for rip into



"tear apart," c.1400, probably of North Sea Germanic origin (cf. Flemish rippen "strip off roughly," Frisian rippe "to tear, rip") or else from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish reppa, Danish rippe "to tear, rip"). In either case, from Proto-Germanic *rupjan-, from PIE root *reup-, *reub- "to snatch." Meaning "to slash open" is from 1570s. Related: Ripped; ripping.

In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth. ... Rend implies great force or violence. [Century Dictionary]
Meaning "to move with slashing force" (1798) is the sense in let her rip, American English colloquial phrase attested from 1853. The noun is attested from 1711. The parachutist's rip cord (1911) originally was a device in ballooning to open a panel and release air.



"rough water," 1775, perhaps a special use of rip (v.). Originally of seas; application to rivers is from 1828.



"thing of little value," 1815, earlier "inferior or worn-out horse" (1778), perhaps altered from slang rep (1747) "man of loose character; vicious, reckless and worthless person," which itself is perhaps short for reprobate (n.).

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rip into in Science
  1. A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.

  2. A rip current.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rip into

rip 1


A debauched and dissolute person; libertine: the proper way to treat a rip

[1797+; perhaps a variant of rep fr reprobate]

rip 2


  1. An official demerit or fine (1939+ Police)
  2. An insult; a disparagement; knock: master of the off-field rip (1940s+)
  3. A joy; a pleasure: What a rip it is to know there are still people who feel for the cars they put together (1970s+)
  4. A try; attempt; crack, ripple, shot: I'll have a rip at that old record (1940s+)
  5. ripoff (1990s+)


  1. To strongly criticize, disparage: William Proxmire who is usually ripped for refusing to bring home the bacon (1857+ British dialect)
  2. (also rip-ass) To speed; barrel, tear: cars rip-assing up and down the street (1853+)

Related Terms

give something a shot, have a crack at something

[all, one way or another, fr rip, ''tear''; third noun sense perhaps related to ripping, ''excellent, first-rate,'' found by 1846]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with rip into

rip into

Also,tear into. Attack or criticize vehemently, as in She ripped into her opponent's voting record. These expressions allude to the literal senses of the verbs rip and tear, that is, “cut” or “slash.”


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