ripper

[ rip-er ]
/ ˈrɪp ər /

noun

a person or thing that rips.
Also ripper bill, ripper act. a legislative bill or act for taking powers of appointment to and removal from office away from the usual holders of these powers and conferring them unrestrictedly on a chief executive, as a governor or mayor, or on a board of officials.
a double-ripper.
a killer who dispatches and often mutilates victims with a knife or similar weapon.
Mining. a hooklike tool, attached to earth-moving machinery, for tearing away ore, rock, etc.
Chiefly British Slang. something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind.

Origin of ripper

First recorded in 1605–15; rip1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for ripper

ripper

/ (ˈrɪpə) /

noun

a person who rips
a murderer who dissects or mutilates his victims' bodies
informal, mainly Australian and NZ a fine or excellent person or thing
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