Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Flemish rippen 'to tear off roughly'


1 verb
Related topics: Computers
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.

rip something/somebody to shreds

a) to destroy something or damage it badly by tearing it in many places:
Jill's kitten is ripping her sofa to shreds.
b) informal to strongly criticize someone, or criticize their opinions, remarks, behaviour etc:
I expected to have my argument ripped to shreds.

let rip

informal to speak or behave violently or emotionally:
Fran took a slow deep breath, then let rip, yelling and shouting at him.

let it/her rip

informal to make a car, boat etc go as fast as it can:
Put your foot on the gas and let her rip!

rip something ↔ apart

phrasal verb
to tear or pull something to pieces:
He was ripped apart by savage beasts in the forest.

rip somebody/something ↔ off

phrasal verb
1BBT to charge someone too much money for something [= overcharge]:
The agency really ripped us off.
2SCC to steal something:
Somebody had come in and ripped off the TV and stereo.
3 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 something

phrasal verb
to move through a place quickly and with violent force:
A wave of bombings ripped through the capital's business district.

rip something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to tear something into pieces:
Sue ripped his photo up into tiny bits.

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