let her rip

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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 her rip!

 and Let it roll!
Inf. Let it go!; Let it start! Time to start. Let her rip! There's the signal! Let it roll!
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Let her rip!

and Let it roll!
exclam. Let it go!; Let it start! Time to start. Let her rip! Let’s go. Let it roll!
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let her rip

Allow an engine to go as fast as possible. An American colloquialism dating from the first half of the nineteenth century, this term presumably was first applied to locomotive or steamship engines. The American journalist Park Benjamin recorded it about 1840: “Another phrase, which often glides in music from the lip, is one of fine significance and beauty, ‘Let her rip!’”
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New Yorker Cleary earned her Pushcart Prize and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award for letting 'er rip, with humility and humor.
Rockoff generally concludes that voluntary price-control measures are worthless; that price controls, apart from the Nixon phases (a disaster, a blueprint of how not to do it), have been partly effective in every case; and that the "pent-up inflation" effects have been less inflationary than the alternative would have been--i.e., just "letting 'er rip"--in national emergencies.