From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishriprip1 /rɪp/ ●●○ S3 verb (ripped, ripping) 1 [intransitive, transitive]TEAR to tear something or be torn quickly and violently Her clothes had all been ripped. The sails ripped under the force of the wind. Impatiently, Sue ripped the letter open.► see thesaurus at tear2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]REMOVE to remove something quickly and violently, using your handsrip something out/off/away/down Gilly ripped out a sheet of paper from her notebook. The buttons had been ripped off.3 → rip something/somebody to shreds4 [transitive] to copy music from a CD to an MP3 player or computer5 → let rip6 → let it/her rip → rip something ↔ apart → rip somebody/something ↔ off → rip on somebody/something → rip through something → rip something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusrip• We both fell and I heard his shirt rip.• Tom heard his shorts rip as he climbed over the gate.• My zipper was stuck, and the material around it ripped as I pulled on it.• The hornets' nest was ripped from the branch as the strip passed by.• If you feel like writing a scathing letter and then ripping it into little pieces, do it!• He wanted to rip it out of the wall.• Stop pulling my dress! You'll rip it!• One summer she frizzed her hair and took to wearing designer ripped leans.• I ripped my skirt on a broken chair.• The impact caused my fistfuls of weed to rip off the rock with a sickening, slimy, ripping sound.• Beth excitedly ripped open the package.• You can see where the label has been ripped out.• Sometimes it thickened and pulsed with blood and felt like it was going to rip something.• Athelstan carefully ripped the canvas open with the small knife he always carried.• He grabbed his daughter's long sleeve, but she jerked away, ripping the flower-embroidered linen, towards the other table.ripped ... open• The attorney showed the rapt jury a blown-up photograph of the van, whose passenger side had been ripped open.• Then she held her breath and ripped it open.• Everything which had been kept hygienically wrapped was ripped open and thrown into the tray.• They pierced the fabric of our universe; like a gunshot that ripped open the whole of space and time.• As he cut she gave an almighty push and ripped open to her behind.• Athelstan carefully ripped the canvas open with the small knife he always carried.• But the road was unscarred; no army trucks had ripped the dirt open with their giant wheels.