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rip cord

a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.
a cord fastened in the bag of a passenger balloon or dirigible so that a sharp pull upon it will rip or open the bag and let the gas escape, causing the balloon to descend rapidly.
Origin of rip cord
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even if you're already dead, pull the ripcord ring of your chute!

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • I was 23,000 feet up which about four mi1es and did what I was not supposed to do I pulled the ripcord to open my chute.

  • The Major triumphantly pulled a ripcord, and the sheet dropped away.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
British Dictionary definitions for ripcord


a cord that when pulled opens a parachute from its pack
a cord on the gas bag of a balloon that when pulled opens a panel, enabling gas to escape and the balloon to descend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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