rip-off

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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

rip-off

A bad deal; a fraudulent business or transaction. I can't believe I spent so much on this blender, and it's already broken. What a rip-off! I heard on the news that the charity is a rip-off, so don't send them any money.

rip-off

1. n. a theft; a deception; an exploitation. (see also rip.) What a rip-off! I want my money back.
2. mod. having to do with theft and deception. I consider myself to be rip-off champion of North America.
References in periodicals archive ?
The sheer scale of the rip-off is shocking with 1,400 garages overcharging customers.
If the Government is truly concerned about ending the Rip-off Republic tag for good, it needs to get serious with these retailers.
And the good news is you don't have to pay the rip-off prices.
Reasonable fees will soon increase to the rip-off levels of cities in England.
With the increase of popularity of high quality knives, the rip-off artists are dancing with glee every time they bring another ripped-off design in from China.
The Chancellor last week revealed plans to claw back pounds 170million a year in lost tax from insurance firms behind the rip-off.
This weekend, New Labour's crestfallen conference circus slides into Brighton, and this time the Rip-off chorus will be sung by fuel tax protestors targeting Gordon Brown.
MetroGuide achieved a level of success that enabled us to fight the rip-off artists," said Metz.
CHARGING customers who do not pay by direct debit is the rip-off under pounds 100 that we hate the most.
Given the earlier interim report of the Competition Commission, one can't help wondering at what stage it began to dawn on other Whitehall officials, and the headline seeking politicos who jumped on the Rip-off bandwagon, that their campaign lacked substance.
Eddie says he plans to continue to expose the rip-off merchants until such time as we get better value for our money.
Yesterday's findings are a warning to the rip-off chains - treat your suppliers and customers well or face losing a whole new legion of shoppers to the North.
Ross, head of production company Cactus TV, called the rip-off story "silly" in an astonishing phone call with the Mirror yesterday.
Given that his last show in the Rip-Off Republic series attracted close to 800,000 viewers, we'll all be tuned in to hear what the Hobbmeister has to say.
A spokesman said: "Our client will begin a campaign to tackle Ireland's position as the rip-off king of Europe.