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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The banners were about saving St Alban's School, but some morons did not like them so they ripped them down so that nobody else was allow to see them.
She decorated the railings of the 120ft-tall Scammonden Bridge with the messages in a bid to deter others and she even came back to replace them when it's believed strong winds ripped them down two months later.
The LF's electoral billboards posted at the entrance of Sidon lasted less than 24 hours after unidentified assailants ripped them down in what appeared to be an anti-LF message in the mainly Sunni Muslim city, while other billboards were left intact along the highway to Tyre.
SIGN OF THE TIMES...Burntwood Lions president Dave Marston puts up posters again after vandals ripped them down
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