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rip down

1. To rip or pull something down from a high surface or mount, especially in a violent, forceful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "down." The warden went around ripping down pictures and posters hanging up in the prisoners' cells. He ripped Janet's picture down from the wall of his dorm room after she broke up with him.
2. To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "down." After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help rip down the set. I can't wait for them to finish the construction on our building so they can finally rip all this scaffolding down.
3. To demolish a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "down." I can't believe they haven't ripped that old building down yet. The group of protestors descended on the square and ripped down the statue of the dictator.
4. To deride, vilify, or excoriate someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "down." The director has long been a bully, ripping down those around him who would dare challenge his authority. I don't understand why she's always ripping me down in front of other people. She's so much nicer to me when we're on our own.
5. To travel down or along something very quickly. The kids ripped down the stairs to see what Santa Claus had brought them for Christmas. The motorcycle ripped down the street in an ostentatious display of speed and motor power.
See also: down, rip

rip something down

to tear something down. (Alludes to something that has been posted or mounted.) The custodian ripped all the posters down at the end of the day. He ripped down the posters.
See also: down, rip
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John Hatfield said he had to rip down a metal panel, above left, to get to his row's oxygen masks during an emergency landing
Mr Yaqoob, 36, was ordered to rip down his dream house after it was built without meeting all the conditions of the planning permission.
THE PAINSTAKING EFFORT TO RIP DOWN SADDAM'S PICTURE FROM EVERY SURFACE IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
COUNCILLORS of all political parties have joined forces to rip down racist posters which have been put up in Coventry.
They came as a rip down the front of a blouse, or a slash up the back of a boot, creating a raunchy rather than romantic effect.
A BUSINESSMAN was yesterday told by a judge to rip down a hillside home he built without planning permission.
They want to rip down the Victorian houses - many of which are crumbling beyond repair - and build new houses and flats.
Another added: "People did rip down trees and fences to make fires and there was one load of mess when the sun started going down, so God knows what it must have been like the next morning.
The deadline means workers have a race against time to rip down the steel frame, fill in cellars dug below the structure and even turf over the area.
NOW Christmas is properly over, we can't wait to rip down the decorations and bundle the cards up into the recycling bin.
It's a pity the Cardiff planners are so obsessed with allowing people to rip down the old and put up the new.
Demolition" is billed as a campaign to find and rip down Britain's worst building and viewers are invited to vote for a contender which "`you really hate or makes your life a misery".
I HAVE been following the Grosvenor deba te for some time now, especially the future of Quiggins, and I think it's pretty ironic for Liverpool and the people of the city,after being named Capital of Culture, to rip down the very estab - lishments that helped Liverpool get the title.