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rip away

1. To tear something off or away from something else, especially with intense, violent force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "away." Quit ripping the bark away from the tree like that—it isn't good for it! The kids ran into the room full of presents and began ripping away wrapping paper as fast as they could.
2. To remove someone from something or someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "rip" and "away." It was heartbreaking watching them rip him away from his family like that. They had to rip me away from the party.
See also: away, rip

rip something away (from something)

to tear or strip something away. Billy ripped the wrapping paper away from the box. He ripped away the paper.
See also: away, rip

ripped

verb

ripped

1. mod. intoxicated on drugs or alcohol. I don’t know what I drank, but I’m really ripped.
2. mod. muscular; having sharply defined muscles. I worked and worked to get ripped, but I’m just not made that way.
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And he added of his own writing: "I do not want to express only what other people have felt; I want to rip something away and show what they have never seen.
"I do not want to express only what other people have felt," the baby-faced poet Dylan Thomas told us between pulls on the bottle and puffs on the cig; "I want to rip something away and show what they have never seen." But it was himself he ripped away in public, onstage, long after the poetry deserted him.