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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Definitions for ripsnorter

  1. Informal. something or someone remarkably good or exciting.
  2. Informal. something or someone exceedingly strong or violent: a ripsnorter of a gale.

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Citations for ripsnorter
Just how good a year was it for stocks? By historical terms, it was a ripsnorter. Manuel Schiffres, "One-Year Winners: The Risk Takers," Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 1989
… everybody was getting dressed and shaking my hand and McMurphy's hand and saying they had it coming and what a ripsnorter of a fight it had been, what a tremendous big victory. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1962
Origin of ripsnorter
Ripsnorter is an Americanism formed from the verb rip, "to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner," and the noun snorter, "a person or thing that snorts," or "something extraordinary of its kind." It entered English in the mid-1800s.