- Chiefly British Informal. excellent; splendid; fine.
Origin of ripping
- to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
- to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip bark from a tree.
- to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
- Digital Technology. to copy (audio or video files from a CD, DVD, or website) to a hard drive or mobile device, typically by extracting the raw data and changing the file format in the process: Can you rip this CD for me?Compare burn1(def 29).See also DAE
- to become torn apart or split open: Cheap cloth rips easily.
- Informal. to move with violence or great speed: The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.
- a rent made by ripping; tear.
- Slang. a cheat, swindle, or theft; ripoff: The average consumer doesn't realize that the new tax is a rip.
- rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
- rip off, Slang.
- to steal or pilfer.
- to rob or steal from.
- to swindle, cheat, or exploit; take advantage of: phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.
- rip out, Informal. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.
- let rip, Slang.
- to utter a series of oaths; swear.
- to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.
- to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.
Origin of rip1
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Examples from the Web for ripping
And what could be a more appropriate tribute to a writer who was always riffing on and ripping off earlier sources himself?
Why is riffing on—and ripping off—Shakespeare so incredibly enticing?
“He was trying to talk, ripping his head and shoulders off the gurney,” Fretland said.Lifting the Curtain on Oklahoma's Botched Lethal Injection
August 29, 2014
At what point was the Speaker planning on ripping the microphone out of the hands of these political wizards?Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
They wanted to party hard and forget the escalating violence that had left hundreds dead and was ripping the country apart.Al-Sisi’s Egypt Is Worse For Gays Than The Muslim Brotherhood
June 28, 2014
I say, Henry, there's a ripping sketch of a new kind of engine in this paper.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
A ripping crash like the crackle of lightning in the vaulted room!Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
She did not heed his swift gesture in ripping back the buckskin vest.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
But I have hoped—I believe—She's such a ripping girl, you know.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Lancelot said to his porridge-bowl, over the spoon, "I think he's ripping."Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- archaic, British slang excellent; splendid
- requiescat or requiescant in pace
- to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
- (tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughlythey ripped out all the old kitchen units
- (intr) informal to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong
- (intr foll by into) informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)
- (tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain
- (tr) informal computing to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment
- let rip to act or speak without restraint
- the place where something is torn; a tear or split
- short for ripsaw
- short for riptide (def. 1)
- something or someone of little or no value
- an old worn-out horse
- a dissolute character; reprobate
Word Origin and History for ripping
"cutting," 1714, present participle adjective from rip (v.). Slange meaning "Very fast, rapid" os from 1826, hence further slang development "excellent, splendid" (1846.). Related: Rippingly.
"tear apart," c.1400, probably of North Sea Germanic origin (cf. Flemish rippen "strip off roughly," Frisian rippe "to tear, rip") or else from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish reppa, Danish rippe "to tear, rip"). In either case, from Proto-Germanic *rupjan-, from PIE root *reup-, *reub- "to snatch." Meaning "to slash open" is from 1570s. Related: Ripped; ripping.
In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth. ... Rend implies great force or violence. [Century Dictionary]
Meaning "to move with slashing force" (1798) is the sense in let her rip, American English colloquial phrase attested from 1853. The noun is attested from 1711. The parachutist's rip cord (1911) originally was a device in ballooning to open a panel and release air.
"rough water," 1775, perhaps a special use of rip (v.). Originally of seas; application to rivers is from 1828.
"thing of little value," 1815, earlier "inferior or worn-out horse" (1778), perhaps altered from slang rep (1747) "man of loose character; vicious, reckless and worthless person," which itself is perhaps short for reprobate (n.).
- A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
- A rip current.
Idioms and Phrases with ripping
In addition to the idioms beginning with rip
- ripe old age
- rip into
- rip off
- let it rip