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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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Cut the boards to length, rip them down the middle using a table saw or circular saw with a straight cutting guide, then soften the edges using a 1/2-inch round-over router bit.
And we're going to fill up those factories, or rip them down and build brand-new ones."
"There are so many old buildings in the Midwest, and rather than just rip them down and put up something new, we can restore them and repurpose them into something great," said Foutch.
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"When I saw the steward just trying to rip them down I left my seat to ask him what he was doing.
However, net curtains are still really a bit of a no-no but don't rip them down from your windows and discard them because there are things that you can create with them.
The couple's daughter Veronica said: ``If they put signs up on my parents house I will rip them down.
"When we bought a new house the bedroom had fitted wardrobes with mirrors on, so I made Stephen rip them down before I would set foot in the place.
As fast as Sinn Fein activists could erect posters for Mary Lou McDonald in Dublin 4, residents were following to rip them down..
But Edinburgh City Council chiefs didn't see the funny side and sent out orders to rip them down.