|Origin:||Probably from Flemish rippen 'to tear off roughly'|
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rip1 past tense and past participle ripped, present participle ripping
1 [intransitive and transitive]
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.
2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to remove something quickly and violently, using your hands
rip something out/off/away/down
Gilly ripped out a sheet of paper from her notebook.
The buttons had been ripped off.
to destroy something or damage it badly by tearing it in many places:
Jill's kitten is ripping her sofa to shreds.
to strongly criticize someone, or criticize their opinions, remarks, behaviour etc:
I expected to have my argument ripped to shreds.
to speak or behave violently or emotionally:
Fran took a slow deep breath, then let rip, yelling and shouting at him.
to make a car, boat etc go as fast as it can:
Put your foot on the gas and let her rip!
rip something ↔ apartphrasal verb
He was ripped apart by savage beasts in the forest.
rip somebody/something ↔ offphrasal verb
to charge someone too much money for something [= overcharge]:
The agency really ripped us off.
to steal something:
Somebody had come in and ripped off the TV and stereo.
to take words, ideas etc from someone else's work and use them in your own work as if they were your own ideas [= plagiarize]
rip through somethingphrasal verb
A wave of bombings ripped through the capital's business district.
rip something ↔ upphrasal verb
Sue ripped his photo up into tiny bits.