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ripoff

or rip-off

[rip-awf, -of]
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noun Slang.
  1. an act or instance of ripping off another or others; a theft, cheat, or swindle.
  2. exploitation, especially of those who cannot prevent or counter it.
  3. a copy or imitation.
  4. a person who rips off another or others; thief or swindler.
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Origin of ripoff

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase rip off

rip

1
[rip]
verb (used with object), ripped, rip·ping.
  1. to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
  2. to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip bark from a tree.
  3. to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
  4. 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
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verb (used without object), ripped, rip·ping.
  1. to become torn apart or split open: Cheap cloth rips easily.
  2. Informal. to move with violence or great speed: The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.
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noun
  1. a rent made by ripping; tear.
  2. Slang. a cheat, swindle, or theft; ripoff: The average consumer doesn't realize that the new tax is a rip.
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Verb Phrases
  1. rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
  2. 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.
  3. rip out, Informal. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of rip

1
1470–80; 1960–65 for def 10; obscurely akin to Frisian rippe, dialectal Dutch rippen; compare dialectal English ripple to scratch
Related formsrip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·rip·pa·ble, adjective
Can be confusedburglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)

Synonyms for rip

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1. See tear2. 7. laceration, cut.
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Related Words for rip off

abuse, appropriate, bleed, cheat, con, cop, defraud, dupe, exploit, filch, fleece, heist, lift, nab, pilfer, pinch, plunder, ransack, relieve, rifle

British Dictionary definitions for rip off

rip off

verb
  1. (tr) to tear violently or roughly (from)
  2. (adverb) slang to steal from or cheat (someone)
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noun rip-off
  1. slang an article or articles stolen
  2. slang a grossly overpriced article
  3. slang the act of stealing or cheating
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RIP

abbreviation for
  1. requiescat or requiescant in pace
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Word Origin for RIP

Latin: may he, she, or they rest in peace

rip

1
verb rips, ripping or ripped
  1. to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
  2. (tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughlythey ripped out all the old kitchen units
  3. (intr) informal to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong
  4. (intr foll by into) informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)
  5. (tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain
  6. (tr) informal computing to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment
  7. let rip to act or speak without restraint
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noun
  1. the place where something is torn; a tear or split
  2. short for ripsaw
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See also rip off, rip on, rip up
Derived Formsrippable, adjective

Word Origin for rip

C15: perhaps from Flemish rippen; compare Middle Dutch rippen to pull

rip

2
noun
  1. short for riptide (def. 1)
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Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

rip

3
noun informal, archaic
  1. something or someone of little or no value
  2. an old worn-out horse
  3. a dissolute character; reprobate
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Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps altered from rep, shortened from reprobate
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Word Origin and History for rip off

rip

v.

"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.

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rip

n.1

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

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rip

n.2

"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rip off in Science

rip

[rĭp]
  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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Idioms and Phrases with rip off

rip off

1

Steal, as in They fired him when they caught him ripping off some of the merchandise.

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2

Cheat, defraud, as in These advertising claims have ripped off a great many consumers.

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3

Copy, plagiarize, as in He was sued for ripping off someone else's thesis. All three usages are slang from the second half of the 1900s.

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rip

In addition to the idioms beginning with rip

  • ripe old age
  • rip into
  • rip off

also see:

  • let it rip
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