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[ rip-awf, -of ]
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  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.

  1. a copy or imitation.

  2. a person who rips off another or others; thief or swindler.

Origin of ripoff

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

Words Nearby ripoff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ripoff in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rip off

rip off

  1. (tr) to tear violently or roughly (from)

  2. (adverb) slang to steal from or cheat (someone)

  1. slang an article or articles stolen

  2. slang a grossly overpriced article

  1. slang the act of stealing or cheating

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Other Idioms and Phrases with ripoff


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

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