let (something) rip

let (something) rip

1. To let something go; to start something up. Often used as an imperative. OK, the rocket is ready to launch. Let that thing rip! I replaced the spark plug, so go ahead and let it rip so we can see if there's any difference. We've spent so long working on this ad campaign that I'm excited to finally let it rip.
2. To do something without inhibition or restraint, typically with great enthusiasm or force. Wow, did you see that kick? He really let it rip. When I'm writing a first draft, I like to just let it rip and not worry about typos or grammar.
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let her rip

1. To let it go; to start it up. Often used as an imperative. "Her" is used in the same way that some ships and machines are referred to as female. OK, the rocket is ready to launch. Let her rip! I replaced the spark plug, so go ahead and let her rip so we can see if there's any difference. We've spent so long working on this ad campaign that I'm excited to finally let her rip.
2. To do something without inhibition or restraint, typically with great enthusiasm or force. Wow, did you see that kick? He really let her rip. When I'm writing a first draft, I like to just let her rip and not worry about typos or grammar.
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let it rip

1. To let it go; to start it up. Often used as an imperative. OK, the rocket is ready to launch. Let it rip! I replaced the spark plug, so go ahead and let it rip so we can see if there's any difference. We've spent so long working on this ad campaign that I'm excited to finally let it rip.
2. To do something without inhibition or restraint, typically with great enthusiasm or force. Wow, did you see that kick? He really let it rip. When I'm writing a first draft, I like to just let it rip and not worry about typos or grammar.
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let rip

1. To let out a wild, uncontrolled burst of anger or frustration. Wow, I've never seen Dave let rip into anyone like that. He's usually so mild mannered. I was expecting Mom to really let rip after she found out we'd broken the window, but she just sent us to our room.
2. To fart, especially noisily and indiscreetly. I can't believe you let rip in front of my parents like that. I was absolutely mortified.
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let it rip

Also, let her rip. Go ahead, proceed unchecked. For example, Once you get the tractor started, let it rip. The use of her in the variant comes from a tradition of referring to vehicles as feminine. [Mid-1800s]
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let rip

INFORMAL
COMMON
1. If you let rip, you stop controlling yourself and suddenly do something with great energy or emotion. She throws her head back and lets rip with the loudest scream imaginable. Note: You can also say that someone lets it rip with the same meaning. Halfway through the song she lets it rip and you really feel the power of that voice. All of them know exactly when to let it rip and when to tread softly.
2. If you let rip, you suddenly express strong opinions and feelings about a subject that you previously didn't allow yourself to talk about. Every now and then in a relationship it's good to just let rip and say exactly how you feel. When he quit the Commons he let rip, claiming Parliament was `a club for fat, tired, unfit old men'.
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let rip

1 do something or proceed vigorously or without restraint. 2 express yourself vehemently or angrily. informal
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let something rip

1 allow something, especially a vehicle, to go at full speed. 2 allow something to happen forcefully or without interference. 3 express something forcefully and noisily. informal
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let ˈrip (at somebody) (with something)

(informal) speak or do something with great force, enthusiasm, etc. and without control: He was furious. He let rip at me with a stream of abuse.In the last song, the singer really let rip.
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let something ˈrip

(informal) allow a car, boat, etc. to go as fast as possible: There’s a straight road ahead. Let it rip!
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