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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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With a second fling he was against the cage bars, with a single slash of paw ripping down the forearm of the man who had poked him.
She sank her fangs into her mate's shoulder in reproof; and he, frightened, unaware of what constituted this new onslaught, struck back ferociously and in still greater fright, ripping down the side of the she-wolf's muzzle.
He then disappears out of sight but a hand can then be seen ripping down a wind chime at the entrance to the shop as he throws it on the ground.
Video footage obtained by local media showed the train striking and toppling a beam and ripping down metal structures from above the tracks as it crashed.
A four-mile no-go zone is in place around the West Pennine Moors as firefighters continue to battle hotspots, but people have been smashing locks to the footpaths and ripping down signs.
Last month, Panza pled guilty to committing a breach of the peace in Edinburgh by kicking flowers, releasing balloons and ripping down a banner at the memorial site.
Readers have reacted with disgust after we revealed yobs had smashed their way into a cemetery chapel before vandalising a war memorial and ripping down a Union flag.
See a video of demolition workers ripping down the Central Library at birminghammail.co.uk
Machines are ripping down its concrete clad walls to make way for a seven-storey complex housing 250 student studios as well as a communal area, restaurant and bar on the ground floor.
While they are putting up, we are ripping down that's what I call egg on your face Mr Mallon.
THERE is film footage in the Adelaide Oval visitor centre of wrecking balls ripping down the old ground.
The project aims to show off-roaders the error of their ways and teach them about the damage their actions cause to livestock and farmers' livelihoods by ripping down and cutting fences, destroying ground vegetation, ruining footpaths and creating noise disturbance.
Head of the Independent Election Commission's office for the east, Abdul Malik Sulimanzai, said ripping down posters was illegal and urged protesters to refrain from doing so.
As legislators prepared to vote on the issue, some of the 2,000 protesters threw rocks at police and began ripping down flags of U.N.
Richard Carr, 49, who upset snooty residents on Sandbanks in Dorset by ripping down houses and throwing up blocks of flats, was worth pounds 35million last year.