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rip (someone or something) to shreds

1. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to shreds, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to shreds at his annual performance review.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to shreds. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to shreds, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: rip, shred

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

rip the heart out of (something)

To remove, destroy, devastate, or totally undermine some essential or important aspect of something. This move by the government is going to force a lot of factories to close and rip the heart out of communities around the country. Senators added a number of amendments meant to rip the heart out of the tax bill.
See also: heart, of, out, rip

rip (someone or something) apart

1. Literally, to tear someone or something into several pieces. The dog got ahold of my report and ripped it apart! I know there's a stereotype that sharks will rip swimmers apart the moment they have the chance, but this is simply not true.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place apart. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her apart, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
3. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it apart, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him apart at his annual performance review.
See also: apart, rip

rip (someone or something) to bits

1. Literally, to tear someone or something into several pieces. The dog got ahold of my report and ripped it to bits! I know there's a stereotype that sharks will rip swimmers to bits the moment they have the chance, but this is simply not true.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to bits. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to bits, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
3. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to bits, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to bits at his annual performance review.
See also: bit, rip

rip (someone or something) to pieces

1. Literally, to tear someone or something into several pieces. The dog got ahold of my report and ripped it to pieces! I know there's a stereotype that sharks will rip swimmers to pieces the moment they have the chance, but this is simply not true.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to pieces. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to pieces, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
3. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to pieces, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to pieces at his annual performance review.
See also: piece, rip

rip into

1. To violently pierce, puncture, or perforate someone. Shrapnel from the bomb ripped into the side of the airplane. Bullets ripped into him, tearing him to pieces. The kids ripped into the bag of candy, too excited to do it carefully.
2. To criticize or reproach someone or something in a severe and merciless manner. The boss ripped into me for how I bungled the Jefferson account. I can hear Mom ripping into Dad again about his gambling.
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rip up

1. To tear something, especially paper, into small pieces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "up." The dog ripped up my presentation for science class—now what am I going to do? He began ripping the ticket up that had been left on his windshield for parking in a disabled spot.
2. To remove something from the ground or floor by pulling or tearing it very forcefully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "up." Don't wear your cleats when you're running around my yard or you'll rip up the grass! We decided it made more since to just rip the carpet up rather than paying a specialist to come and clean it.
See also: rip, up

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 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 (someone or something) in twain

To tear someone or something into halves or two pieces of relatively equal size. The strongman impressed the audience by ripping a phonebook in twain with his bare hands. The demonic creature grabbed poor Ishmael and ripped him in twain.
See also: rip, twain

rip (someone or something) in two

1. To tear someone or something into halves or two pieces of relatively equal size. The strongman impressed the audience by ripping a phonebook in two with his bare hands. The demonic creature grabbed poor Ishmael and ripped him in two.
2. To cause someone a devastating amount of emotional and psychological pain. Seeing my ex-wife strolling down the street with her new boyfriend, the two of them as happy as could be, well, it nearly ripped me in two. It ripped her heart in two to see her poor child in so much agony, but there was nothing she could do to stop the illness from spreading.
See also: rip, two

rip (someone or something) in half

1. To tear someone or something into halves or two pieces of relatively equal size. The strongman impressed the audience by ripping a phonebook in half with his bare hands. The demonic creature grabbed poor Ishmael and ripped him in half.
2. To cause someone a devastating amount of emotional and psychological pain. Seeing my ex-wife strolling down the street with her new boyfriend, the two of them as happy as could be, well, it nearly ripped me in half. It ripped her heart in half to see her poor child in so much agony, but there was nothing she could do to stop the illness from spreading.
See also: half, rip

rip out

To tear, pull, or wrest someone or something out (of someone or something), especially in a violent, forceful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "out." He ripped out the cable to stop the overheating appliance from starting an electrical fire. He ripped the arrow out of his fellow soldier and attempted to stop the bleeding with his hands. The force of the whitewater rapids ripped poor Jen right out of the raft.
See also: out, rip

rip (someone or something) out of (something)

To tear, pull, or wrest someone or something out of someone or something, especially in a violent, forceful manner. He ripped the cable out of the overheating appliance to stop it from starting an electrical fire. He ripped the arrow out of his fellow soldier and attempted to stop the bleeding with his hands. The force of the whitewater rapids ripped poor Jen right out of the raft.
See also: of, out, rip

rip into someone or something

 
1. Lit. to attack someone or something by ripping. The raccoons ripped into the trash bags, scattering papers and stuff all over the street. The horrid murderer ripped into the helpless victim.
2. Fig. to criticize or censure someone or something severely. The drama critic ripped into Larry. The critics really ripped into Larry's poor performance.
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rip off

[for something] to tear or peel off. My pocket ripped off, and my money is gone now! A piece of the bumper ripped off my car.
See also: off, rip

rip someone off

Inf. to steal [something] from someone; to cheat someone. That merchant ripped me off! She rips off everyone.
See also: off, rip

rip someone or something up

to tear someone or something into bits; to mutilate someone or something. Careful! That machine will rip you up if you fall in. I ripped up the contract and threw the pieces in the trash.
See also: rip, up

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

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

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

rip something off

Inf. to steal something [from someone]. The mugger ripped my purse off of me. Jane ripped off a lot of money. Somebody ripped my wallet off.
See also: off, rip

rip something off (of) someone or something

 and rip something off
to tear something away from someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I ripped the cover off of the book accidentally. I ripped off the book cover.
See also: off, rip

rip something up

to take something up by force and remove it. (Usually refers to something on the floor or ground, such as carpeting or pavement.) They are going to rip all the broken sidewalk up. The workers ripped up the pavement and loaded the pieces into a truck.
See also: rip, up

rip into

Also, tear into. Attack or criticize vehemently, as in She ripped into her opponent's voting record. These expressions allude to the literal senses of the verbs rip and tear, that is, "cut" or "slash."
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rip off

1. Steal, as in They fired him when they caught him ripping off some of the merchandise.
2. Cheat, defraud, as in These advertising claims have ripped off a great many consumers.
3. Copy, plagiarize, as in He was sued for ripping off someone else's thesis. All three usages are slang from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: off, rip

rip into

v.
1. To attack someone or something with great vigor or violence; tear into: The lion ripped into the deer carcass.
2. To criticize someone or something vehemently: The candidate ripped into her opponent's political record.
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rip off

v.
1. To remove something from something by ripping or tearing: I ripped the tag off the pillow. Rip off a few more bits of cloth to make rags.
2. To remove something quickly: She ripped her shoes off and threw them under the bed. He ripped off his shirt and threw it into the hamper.
3. To steal from someone or something: The thieves ripped off the unsuspecting tourist. The crook ripped the cashier off.
4. To steal something: The shoplifter ripped off five shirts. The thief ripped a car off from the lot.
5. To exploit, swindle, cheat, or defraud someone or something: The false advertising campaign ripped off a lot of people who bought the product. I think the person at the ticket booth ripped me off.
See also: off, rip

rip up

v.
1. To tear something roughly or energetically into small pieces: He ripped up the letter and threw it away. She ripped the contract up and left the office.
2. To pull or remove something violently from the ground or floor: When I ripped up the carpet, I could see that the wooden floor was in good condition. The gophers ripped my lawn up.
See also: rip, up
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This tolerance does not include stress relieved in the material as a result of the ripping process.
1 ADJUST the blade height so the bottom of the saw blade gullet is even with the top of the wood you're ripping.
Ripping failed to create a well defined macropore channel that was open to the surface because dry soil flowed into the rip.
A study in the early 90s showed that crosscutting boards -- before ripping when 1/2 inch or more crook is present -- produces rough mill yields that are on average 3% greater than those when gang-ripping-first without crosscutting for crook.
Straight line ripping is an affordable, easy-to-operate system that offers a straight glue line cut that is necessary for panel lay up," said Bob Jennings, general manager with Mattison Woodworking Machinery Co.
It directs an operator or controls a moveable fence to position the board so that the optimal ripping pattern is produced.