rip someone off

rip (one) off

1. To steal from or defraud someone; to cheat or swindle someone. The guy said it was a great deal for such a rare CD, 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.
2. To plagiarize from or shamelessly copy someone. It's a cool looking movie, but they totally ripped off Aliens. Hey, that was my idea! Don't rip me off like that!
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rip someone off

tv. to assault, kill, beat, rob, rape, or cheat someone. Man, they ripped me off for three hundred dollars.
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