- 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?Compare burn1(def 29).See also DAE
- 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.
- rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
- rip off, Slang.
- to steal or pilfer.
- to rob or steal from.
- 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.
- to utter a series of oaths; swear.
- to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.
- to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.
Origin of rip1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for rip on Thesaurus.com
- a stretch of turbulent water at sea or in a river.
Origin of rip2
- a dissolute or worthless person.
- a worthless or worn-out horse.
- something of little or no value.
Origin of rip3
- a male given name, form of Robert.
- may he or she (or they) rest in peace.
Origin of R.I.P.
Examples from the Web for rip
Though the good gut bugs are likely beneficial for some, companies are using the label to rip off consumers.Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S.
June 25, 2014
Those are the roots, the immovable ties blind to ethics probes and corruption charges that are difficult to rip from the ground.Charlie Rangel Dances On
June 25, 2014
The RIP offers a clear window into the intersection of poverty and vermin.Crowdsourcing NYC’s War on Rats
June 24, 2014
If you tear that bond the rip leaves open scars where the glue once was.Brits Celebrate Phin Lyman, The Boy Virgin Who Says He’ll Wait for Love
May 19, 2014
Nausea is the next assault, a wave so powerful it threatens to rip out your insides.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Jim DID cry, and rip and dance and carry on, he was so thankful and out of his mind for joy.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
If she doesn't, the rest of it won't amount to a rip with John Harkless.The Gentleman From Indiana
What do you want to conwey to your own father, you young Rip?A Tale of Two Cities
Then I tella hims that he should rip him ups and then I rip me ups--so.
If you are wise, you will get it too small for your head, and rip out the lining.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- requiescat or requiescant in pace
- to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
- (tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughlythey ripped out all the old kitchen units
- (intr) informal to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong
- (intr foll by into) informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)
- (tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain
- (tr) 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
- short for riptide (def. 1)
- something or someone of little or no value
- an old worn-out horse
- a dissolute character; reprobate
Word Origin and History for rip
"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.).
- A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
- A rip current.
Idioms and Phrases with rip
In addition to the idioms beginning with rip
- ripe old age
- rip into
- rip off
- let it rip