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rip (one) off

1. To steal from or defraud someone; to cheat or swindle someone. The guy said it was a great deal for such a rare CD, but I'm starting to think he ripped me off. The CEO was convicted for ripping off nearly a quarter of a million customers over the course of a decade.
2. To plagiarize from or shamelessly copy someone. It's a cool looking movie, but they totally ripped off Aliens. Hey, that was my idea! Don't rip me off like that!
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rip someone off

Inf. to steal [something] from someone; to cheat someone. That merchant ripped me off! She rips off everyone.
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rip something off (of) someone or something

 and rip something off
to tear something away from someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I ripped the cover off of the book accidentally. I ripped off the book cover.
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rip something off

Inf. to steal something [from someone]. The mugger ripped my purse off of me. Jane ripped off a lot of money. Somebody ripped my wallet off.
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rip off

[for something] to tear or peel off. My pocket ripped off, and my money is gone now! A piece of the bumper ripped off my car.
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rip off

1. Steal, as in They fired him when they caught him ripping off some of the merchandise.
2. Cheat, defraud, as in These advertising claims have ripped off a great many consumers.
3. Copy, plagiarize, as in He was sued for ripping off someone else's thesis. All three usages are slang from the second half of the 1900s.
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rip off

v.
1. To remove something from something by ripping or tearing: I ripped the tag off the pillow. Rip off a few more bits of cloth to make rags.
2. To remove something quickly: She ripped her shoes off and threw them under the bed. He ripped off his shirt and threw it into the hamper.
3. To steal from someone or something: The thieves ripped off the unsuspecting tourist. The crook ripped the cashier off.
4. To steal something: The shoplifter ripped off five shirts. The thief ripped a car off from the lot.
5. To exploit, swindle, cheat, or defraud someone or something: The false advertising campaign ripped off a lot of people who bought the product. I think the person at the ticket booth ripped me off.
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rip someone off

tv. to assault, kill, beat, rob, rape, or cheat someone. Man, they ripped me off for three hundred dollars.
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