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rip off

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!
See also: off, rip

ripped off

verb
See also: off, ripped
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"When the Gas Board came and found that the pipe had been ripped off the wall, the engineer said if someone had lit a cigarette it could have caused an explosion which could have blown up both houses.
I will consider believing that owners are being ripped off when they are not so very numerous in their willingness to take the risk of winning prizes which are 'only' 70 per cent funded by punters and sponsors for races which have stud-fee implications far beyond the worth of the prize- money paid on the day.
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Megachains Pizza Hut and Home Depot separately denied claims in court in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday that they ripped off music by the band The Black Keys in TV spots, reports (http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/17/4735630/pizza-hut-home-depot-deny-copying.html) the Associated Press .
And they should be made personally responsible for reimbursing every penny of the pounds 290million the bank was fined to all the customers they ripped off.
Now it's a case of "those who rip-off" and "those who get ripped off".
A LEGAL executive who ripped off clients and a building society to the tune of pounds 280,000 admitted fraud charges.
They're not alone in being ripped off. The FSA has fined firms millions of pounds for improper selling of payment protection insurance.
SIR - I refer to an article headed "Quality mark designed to kill off the cowboys", (The Western Mail, March 27), which is introduced by alleging that "most" of us know somebody who has been ripped off by a cowboy builder.
But both pieces ended with suggestions that--the complexities of buying spare parts notwithstanding-- someone had ripped off the government.
The banks fought for years to avoid giving back the pounds 8BILLION they had ripped off from customers but eventually they had to admit defeat.
THE disclosure that motorists are being ripped off by garages with faulty petrol pumps is scandalous and this must be stopped.
A PUB-GOER had part of his ear ripped off in a vicious late-night assault in Hartlepool.
I (like many others) did last year then got ripped off by them offering children, who are still in full-time education, season tickets for pounds 99.
THERE was a time when Scots feared being ripped off when they went abroad.