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.
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.
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.
Idioms about rip
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.
- rip·pa·ble, adjective
- un·rip·pa·ble, adjective
Other definitions for rip (2 of 5)
a stretch of turbulent water at sea or in a river.
Other definitions for rip (3 of 5)
a dissolute or worthless person.
a worthless or worn-out horse.
something of little or no value.
Other definitions for Rip (4 of 5)
a male given name, form of Robert.
Other definitions for RIP (5 of 5)
rest in peace:
(used, especially on grave markers and memorials, to wish peace after death upon a deceased person).
Often Facetious. (used to indicate that a person or thing has been destroyed or damaged): RIP to my dignity after that awful spin class.
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How to use rip in a sentence
Her status as a mysterious, cloistered figure had been solidified after a decade of speculation and lionization on Internet message boards and blogs as crate diggers shared rips of her impossibly rare LPs.Pauline Anna Strom’s posthumous album cements her legacy as an electronic music visionary | Jonathan Williger | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
We’d stepped through the front door of our neighborhood library on Capitol Hill when I heard the rip of the Velcro fasteners on his little-boy sneakers.All this security in D.C. to thwart terrorism, yet the threat came from within | Petula Dvorak | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The company also has a lifetime warranty for any rips or frays, which is pretty bold given that sheets, like all cloth, inevitably show signs of wear.Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts | PopSci Commerce Team | October 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
One of the interview questions asking about vacuum decay was incorrectly presented as being about the big rip scenario.
The last band I was in was kind of a Sonic Youth rip-off band, and I thought that that was my calling.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll | James Joiner | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead of decorating every face on the street, Google Glass hit a contrarian rip tide.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions | Nina Strochlic | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not that the Shakespearean riff on/rip off is limited to novels.
This is why capitalism, he concludes triumphantly, is “no rip-off.”In Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America,’ Slavery Wasn’t So Bad, but Hillary and Barack Are Socialist Devils | Andrew Romano | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though the good gut bugs are likely beneficial for some, companies are using the label to rip off consumers.
They ain't got such a rip-roarin' start of us—an' I'm the boy can foller that track from hell t' breakfast an' back again.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Then I tied up the rip in the meal sack with a string, so it wouldn't leak no more, and took it and my saw to the canoe again.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In a word, he did rip up all that could be said that was unworthy, and in the basest terms they could be spoken in.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
You must read for yourselves the famous story of rip Van Winkle and the nap he took.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
Buck begun to cry and rip, and 'lowed that him and his cousin Joe (that was the other young chap) would make up for this day yet.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for rip (1 of 4)
to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
(tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughly: they 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
- rippable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for rip (2 of 4)
short for riptide (def. 1)
British Dictionary definitions for rip (3 of 4)
something or someone of little or no value
an old worn-out horse
a dissolute character; reprobate
British Dictionary definitions for RIP (4 of 4)
requiescat or requiescant in pace
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Scientific definitions for rip
A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
A rip current.
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Cultural definitions for R.I.P.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with rip
In addition to the idioms beginning with rip
- ripe old age
- rip into
- rip off
- let it rip
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