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rip off

1. To steal (something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "off." The kids were caught going to different shops around the city and ripping off snacks. If you're ripping cars off, you're going to get caught!
2. To plagiarize or shamelessly copy something or someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "off." It's a cool-looking movie, but they totally ripped off Alien. I can't believe he ripped my idea off like that! Hey, that was my idea! Don't rip me off like that!
3. To steal from or defraud someone; to cheat or swindle someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "off." The guy said it was a great deal for such a rare album, 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.
4. noun An instance of theft or fraud; a cheat or swindle. The phrase is often used to indicate that the product promised or advertised was not what was delivered. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. They sign you up for recurring payments but never actually send the magazines. It's just a big rip-off. This didn't even come with batteries? What a rip-off!
See also: off, rip

rip-off

A bad deal; a fraudulent business or transaction. I can't believe I spent so much on this blender, and it's already broken. What a rip-off! I heard on the news that the charity is a rip-off, so don't send them any money.

rip-off

1. n. a theft; a deception; an exploitation. (see also rip.) What a rip-off! I want my money back.
2. mod. having to do with theft and deception. I consider myself to be rip-off champion of North America.
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As for the slew of MOBAs that spawned because of the success DotA and League saw, you can't really call a game a rip-off for using the MOBA format.
Two-thirds of families who took part in the survey complained that a range of rip-offs - led by airplane food and drink prices - caused them to spend more than budgeted on their last holiday.
Even at custom and national knife shows, you can often see rip-off designs from China being sold on tables, when an aisle or two over the original maker has a display.
Until the seniors themselves are more able to assert their political rights and to more clearly define their market needs, they will continue to be the target of shysters and rip-off artists and be manipulated by the bureaucrats of their own government.
The Chancellor last week revealed plans to claw back pounds 170million a year in lost tax from insurance firms behind the rip-off.
This is not fair and should be investigated-it is clearly a rip-off.
The Tokyo metropolitan assembly approved an ordinance Wednesday to crack down on rip-offs by entertainment businesses in four districts of Tokyo.
But while fuel issues will never be far from the conference agenda, the discredited Rip-off campaign will be taxing the mind of one cabinet minister in particular.
As everyone is aware, petrol prices have come down considerably, why then are a couple of Liverpool garages still charging rip-off prices?
As far as I'm concerned, and I am a black cab driver, pounds 25 is a rip-off for that journey, but I'd like to know if the price was recorded on the meter as it it illegal to fare a journey within Brum's boundary without a meter.
Tony Blair, who is currently struggling on his pension, once said: "Britain is a rip-off country"; and George Bernard Shaw said: "The professions exploit the people".
Bush's payoff for the oil companies' rip-off at the pumps is a lousy $100 rebate, and your question of the day is who is prettier, the mayor or Antonio Banderas?
But shoppers can fight back by knowing their basic legal rights and how to enforce them, and by being able to complain when things go wrong, according to the booklet Rip-off Britain: and how to beat it.
IF it is true that we are living in rip-off Britain, then the capital must be in ripped-off Scotland.
At least, that's the conclusion of Stephen Byers' first international price survey, which, according to all the forecasts, was set to confirm that Rip-off Britain was a reality where most grocery products were concerned.