Examples from the Web for ripper
This makes the guide to the Jack the Ripper Walk seem rather dated.
Did the Ripper quit because he feared that he was close to being caught?
Of course, you could protest that Sherlock did not really exist and the Ripper did.
Later heads of Scotland Yard admitted that the Ripper should have been caught.
LONDON — If Sherlock Holmes was such a smart detective, why was he not put on the case of Jack the Ripper?
In the parlance of the Lieutenant, the old horse was indeed "a ripper."Wanderings in India|John Lang
The men were laughing and having what the Hon. Percy Fitzhugh declared a ripper of a good time.By Right of Conquest|Arthur Hornblow
Mr. Ripper's logic tended to the belief that he could not be punished if he stuck to the avowal of having seen nothing.
And he told the story of the boy Ripper having been locked up in the mill.
Very quiet, inoffensive sort of chap, Fielding, but the girl's a ripper!A Maker of History|E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for ripper
Word Origin and History for ripper
1610s, agent noun from rip (v.). Meaning "killer who mutilates his victims" (1890) is from Jack the Ripper, notorious London murderer, whose nickname contains a pun on ripper in sense of "tool for ripping" old slates, etc. (1823) and the slang meaning "excellent person or thing, a 'ripping' fellow" (1838), from ripping "excellent, splendid."