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ripsnorter

[rip-snawr-ter]
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noun Informal.
  1. something or someone exceedingly strong or violent: a ripsnorter of a gale.
  2. something or someone remarkably good or exciting.

Origin of ripsnorter

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; rip1 + snorter
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British Dictionary definitions for ripsnorter

ripsnorter

noun
  1. slang a person or thing noted for intensity or excellence
Derived Formsripsnorting, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from rip 1 + snorter
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Word Origin and History for ripsnorter

n.

"something of exceptional strength," 1840, probably from rip (v.) + snort (v.).

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