rip 1 (rĭp)
v. ripped, rip·ping, rips
a. To cut, tear apart, or tear away roughly or energetically. See Synonyms at tear1.
b. To cause to be pulled apart, as by an accident: He ripped his pants when he bent over.
2. To split or saw (wood) along the grain.
3. Computers To copy (audio or audio-visual material from) a CD or DVD.
4. To subject to vehement criticism or attack: The critic ripped the tedious movie.
5. Informal To produce, display, or utter suddenly: ripped out a vicious oath.
6. Vulgar Slang To expel (a discharge of intestinal gas).
1. To become torn or split apart.
2. Informal To move quickly or violently.
1. The act of ripping.
2. A torn or split place, especially along a seam.
3. A ripsaw.
To attack or criticize vehemently: ripped into her opponent's political record.
rip off SlangIdiom:
1. To steal from: thieves who ripped off the unsuspecting tourist.
2. To steal: ripped off a leather jacket while ostensibly trying on clothes.
3. To exploit, swindle, cheat, or defraud: a false advertising campaign that ripped off consumers.
let it/'er rip Informal
To allow something to start or happen with vigor or energy.
[Middle English rippen, from Flemish; see reup- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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