ripoff

or rip-off

[ rip-awf, -of ]
/ ˈrɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

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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British Dictionary definitions for ripoff

rip off

verb

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with ripoff

rip off

1

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

2

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

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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