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[ rip-awf, -of ]
/ ˈrɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun Slang.
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.
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Origin of ripoff

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase rip off
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How to use ripoff in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ripoff

rip off

(tr) to tear violently or roughly (from)
(adverb) slang to steal from or cheat (someone)
noun rip-off
slang an article or articles stolen
slang a grossly overpriced article
slang the act of stealing or cheating
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ripoff

rip off


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


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


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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