- an act or instance of ripping off another or others; a theft, cheat, or swindle.
- exploitation, especially of those who cannot prevent or counter it.
- a copy or imitation.
- a person who rips off another or others; thief or swindler.
Origin of ripoff
- 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
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Examples from the Web for rip-off
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
January 2, 2015
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
June 30, 2014
I even liked her in House at the End of the Street, the low-budget Silence of the Lambs rip-off that came out last fall.‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Lincoln’: Who Will Win On Oscar Night?
Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern
February 20, 2013
Today, the GOP released their Pledge to America, their rip-off of the popular and galvanizing 1994 Contract with America.The Dems Aren't Toast
September 23, 2010
- 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-off
"an act of fraud, a swindle," 1969, from verbal phrase rip off "to steal or rob" (c.1967) in U.S. black slang, from rip (v.) + off (adv.). Rip was prison slang for "to steal" since 1904, and was also used in this sense in 12c. Meaning "an exploitative imitation, a plagiarism" is from 1971. Related: Ripped-off.
"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-off
In addition to the idioms beginning with rip
- ripe old age
- rip into
- rip off
- let it rip