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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!
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 someone off
Inf. to steal [something] from someone; to cheat someone. That merchant ripped me off! She rips off everyone.
rip something off (of) someone or somethingand 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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
rip someone off
tv. to assault, kill, beat, rob, rape, or cheat someone. Man, they ripped me off for three hundred dollars.
rip something off
tv. to steal something. The crooks ripped off the hubcaps of my car.
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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