Main definitions of rip in English

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verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Tear or pull (something) quickly or forcibly away from something or someone.

    ‘a fan tried to rip his trousers off during a show’
    figurative ‘countries ripped apart by fighting’
    • ‘The fur covering the door was quickly ripped down and in stormed what seemed to Ashley like an army of men.’
    • ‘For a moment, Boraz was forced to land on the bridge, but as quickly as he could grasp the net, he was ripping it apart.’
    • ‘She flipped it over and quickly started ripping it open.’
    • ‘Darren checked for a pulse and quickly ripped his hand back.’
    • ‘Niguel muttered in awe, tugging at a feather, pausing, and suddenly pulling it roughly, ripping it right out.’
    • ‘Reiko yelled as something pulled her away and ripped her hand from Tyler's.’
    • ‘Such a measure, if adopted, might well have meant the destruction of America, ripping the country apart.’
    • ‘She handed the pencil and pad to Aubrey, who scribbled something quickly and ripped the paper out of the pad.’
    • ‘He couldn't do it, now, but he didn't care for his attention was ripped away just as quickly.’
    • ‘She quickly ripped the letter out, letting the envelope fall to the ground, fumbling with the paper a bit, trying to unfold it.’
    • ‘He felt as if he was throwing up everything inside of him, his insides being ripped, pulled, torn out.’
    • ‘It tore through the city, ripping buildings apart.’
    • ‘He fetched the keys from his pocket, grabbing them and ripping them out quickly, wasting no time.’
    • ‘The more I read, the more I wanted to rip the pages apart.’
    • ‘She quickly ripped the paper free and thrust it into my hands.’
    • ‘She extended the claws on both her hands, then, in a sudden movement, grabbed each end of the tangle and pulled, ripping it apart.’
    • ‘Now with both hands, he ripped it apart, and tore it into shreds.’
    • ‘He quickly ripped the tape from his mouth and fumbled for the pocketknife he had so that he could cut his hands free.’
    • ‘Yasu ripped it open and pulled out the biggest black sword you have ever seen!’
    • ‘She quickly ripped her arm out of the girl's grasp and began to pull on her shoes.’
    tear, snatch, jerk, tug, wrench, wrest, prise, force, heave, haul, drag, pull, twist, peel, pluck, grab, seize
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    1. 1.1with object Make a long tear or cut in.
      ‘you've ripped my jacket’
      • ‘After few minutes of careful searching she pulled out black ripped jeans, black shirt, and red hoodie.’
      • ‘He was wearing a pair of extremely battered blue jeans that were ripped in a few places.’
      • ‘She wore an old pair of jeans that were ripped in places and patched in others.’
      • ‘He looked presentable, although he did even when he wore jeans and a ripped t-shirt.’
      • ‘He caught his shirtsleeve on something, but pulled it free, ripping the cloth.’
      • ‘She couldn't have been any older than Calida, with long, bushy blonde hair and a thick figure, dressed in baggy jeans and a ripped shirt.’
      • ‘Carefully, doing her best not to rip it, Adia pulled the crumpled piece of paper out of the hole and unfolded it.’
      • ‘All of her jeans were torn and ripped at the knees and hem, and were patched in many places as well.’
      • ‘The bright bubbly blonde made her way to my car in tight black jeans and a ripped black tank top with some writing on it.’
      • ‘Her dress caught on the door and with a strong pull, Isabella ripped the garment.’
      • ‘Ari wasn't quick enough to leap out of the way and the man grabbed him by his shirt, ripping it and pulling Ari towards himself.’
      • ‘I decided to wear my favorite pair of blue low rider jeans, which were ripped at both knees, along with a normal yellow t-shirt.’
      • ‘He was wearing his favorite jeans that were ripped down the left knee.’
      • ‘He wrapped it in the ripped cloth of his jeans and handed it to Ami.’
      • ‘He was wearing ripped jeans and his now-fraying Peter Pan t-shirt.’
      • ‘She was wearing ripped faded jeans and a white hooded sweater with oversized bell sleeves.’
      • ‘He wore dark jeans, ripped near the bottom, a green t-shirt and a black leather jacket.’
      • ‘She wore a pair of loose, faded jeans that were ripped all over and a plain black tank-top.’
      • ‘My dress is ripped, and he pulls it off me so that it decorates the floor.’
      • ‘Motioning to Katie for something to eat, a small girl marched up on the stage, her brown hair tangled and her jeans ripped.’
    2. 1.2with object Make (a hole) by force.
      ‘the truck was struck by lightning and had a hole ripped out of its roof’
      • ‘I put on my blue jeans with a hole ripped in the right knee.’
      • ‘I noticed as he set down the box he'd been carrying that he was wearing a faded black shirt with holes ripped in the short sleeves and bottom hem.’
      • ‘Of course, that was after I ripped a twenty-foot deep hole in the ground trying to pick up a pebble.’
      • ‘He shoved it hard into the floor and pulled, ripping an ugly gash in an expensive rug.’
      • ‘I scribbled furiously in giant circles across the paper, ripping holes through it with all that force.’
      • ‘She flew through a hole conveniently ripped in the sky and was gone.’
      • ‘In the kayak, he is up to his waist in gravel and dirt, for a gaping hole has been ripped in the bottom.’
      • ‘The second burst ripped holes in the seat, but failed to hit the driver.’
      • ‘Across the way, he saw the reason there was no atmosphere in the dome: a large hole had been ripped in the outer wall.’
      • ‘That's when I remember that she jumped on a potential murderer to keep me from having a hole ripped straight through my ribcage.’
      • ‘The dragon roared and forced its claws in and ripped its hole wider in an attempt to force its way into the town.’
      • ‘His proud cruiser was listing badly to port, a gaping hole ripped out of her belly.’
      • ‘He was now wearing his shirt again; a large hole had been ripped where the snake had struck.’
      • ‘He felt like a hole had been ripped in his chest.’
      • ‘Byran opened the door again to reveal the gaping hole ripped in the wall that reached to the second hallway.’
      • ‘Suddenly I stopped propelling the ball forward and pierced the prism, ripping a huge jagged scar in it.’
      tear, slit, cut, gash, cleave, slash, claw, savage, mangle, mutilate, hack
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    3. 1.3no object Come violently apart; tear.
      ‘the skirt of her frock ripped’
      • ‘Bren pulled Sarah's hair till I thought it was going to rip right off her head.’
      • ‘My feelings for him blossomed, then ripped apart just like that.’
      • ‘The instant she was out of the dining room, she broke out into a run, heart pounding, insides ripping apart, breathing shallowly.’
      • ‘Sasaki huddled against the hot grains of sand, gritting her teeth, curled up in a ball and hugging her shoulders as if to keep herself from ripping apart.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it didn't hold up: within 8 schooldays, one of the straps that go over the shoulder had ripped apart.’
      • ‘Everything around the area was ripping apart, chunks of ice, rock, everything was being destroyed.’
      • ‘The hiss turned into a scream, this one more like a ship's keel ripping apart under pressure than a triumphant blood-chilling cry like before.’
      • ‘She screamed, so loud her throat felt like it was ripping apart and she knew instantly he was gone.’
      • ‘The wall seemed to be ripping apart; loud, shredding fractures formed all along the base line.’
      • ‘The quiet period abroad wasn't entirely quiet, because the Soviet Union started ripping at the seams.’
      • ‘He feels like his body is ripping apart, like he's on fire from the inside out.’
      • ‘Vanishing into nothingness, he felt his body and soul, breaking apart and ripping.’
      • ‘Its body ripped apart as its almost human scream filled the night.’
      • ‘His back arches and his fingers claw at the air as he sinks to the floor, his dress ripping apart and his wig falling off.’
      • ‘I could hear nothing in her voice, and somewhere deep in my chest if felt like something was ripping apart.’
      • ‘Her eyes were glowing a deep red color, and soon her Persian smock ripped apart, revealing ancient Egyptian garb.’
      • ‘She hit and hit until she'd gotten through to the picture itself and then it finally was heard ripping apart.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Move forcefully and rapidly.

    ‘fire ripped through her bungalow’
    • ‘Running, I ripped through the thick blankets of fog and found myself still running towards my family's silhouette.’
    • ‘A shock of electricity ripped through me, making my muscles jerk and my hands clench; he caught me as my knees gave out.’
    • ‘Finally, after another series of twists and turns, Domenic finally scores a few hits, and smoke rips through the large hole in the back of Leana's ship.’
    • ‘Element's body stiffened up as the words ripped through his consciousness.’
    • ‘Merlin's head rocked back from the force of the impact and an explosion ripped through his ears.’
    • ‘To my left and right stood two sets of rusted metal gates where the ear-piercing screams of agony ripped through the air, blocking out all other noise.’
    • ‘Slowly changing from the hospital garb to my fresh clothing, I managed to bite back all but one moan, as pain ripped through my side at any sharp movement.’
    • ‘The announcement of the acquisition ripped through quarters of the African American community like a shock wave.’
    • ‘Helene's blood-curling scream ripped through the castle like an alarm.’
    • ‘Then the pain disappeared and he heard and felt something ripping through the Velcroed holes on the back of the bathrobes and something sliding down by his legs.’
    • ‘Shock ripped through my body when he said my boyfriend's name.’
    • ‘A pain ripped through her body and the wind howled around her.’
    • ‘As each flash ripped through the reddened sky, the force of the angry discharge made him gasp in awe.’
    • ‘The man lunged forward and a scream ripped through the air.’
    • ‘Before either could react, a blaze of fire and wind ripped through the night sky and knocked Mithras several feet into the air.’
    • ‘An arrow ripped through the air, barely landing on the bull's eye.’
    • ‘An explosion ripped through the peaceful air of Little Pajaro.’
    • ‘His scream had ripped through the apartment, waking me.’
    • ‘She moaned as another sharp pain ripped through her abdomen.’
    • ‘A sob ripped through the young lord as he collapsed against her, burying his face in her lap, his arms wrapped around her slender waist.’
  • 3Computing
    with object Use a program to copy (material from a CD or DVD) on to a computer's hard drive.

    • ‘Typically, you'll need separate software to do specific tasks, such as burning DVDs, ripping audio, and of course burning CDs.’
    • ‘I sent him a ripped copy of your CD, and asked him if he was interested.’
    • ‘There have been hi-fi units equipped with hard drives, but nothing beats a personal computer for ripping and managing an audio collection.’
    • ‘These companies just took those tools for ripping DVDs and put a pretty GUI on them.’
    • ‘The current copy control system, in other words, is not intended to block all copying, but simply to stop the average computer user from ripping the Beastie Boys for his friends.’
    • ‘Another option here is to rip your CDs using the fastest machine on your network, then copying the ripped tracks over to the server.’
    • ‘Media encoding for home and professional use is becoming more popular, as more users rip audio to their hard drives, or edit home movies.’
    • ‘What's more, I'd wager that there are even more people who simply rip DVDs they've rented from the local video store - but I see no mention of that form of piracy in the article.’

noun

  • 1A long tear or cut.

    ‘there was a rip in his sweatshirt’
    • ‘She loved her white sweatshirt with the flower on the front, and her blue jeans with one too many rips or tears.’
    • ‘The booths were clean, but had their share of rips and cracks, as well as a few grooves of seating position.’
    • ‘Strangely, although he had looked perfectly unharmed and very dashing while he'd been fighting, his tunic now had rips and tears all over it and his face had dirt marks all over it as if he had been struggling to win a losing battle.’
    • ‘Those small rips and tears that you get on your old blue jeans and the occasional jacket can easily be fixed with a little duct tape.’
    • ‘Small rips, tears and burns in these applied materials reveal the varying hues of the paper underneath.’
    • ‘His clothes had no tears or rips, and his hair was still perfectly neat.’
    • ‘Their jackets were torn - how many of those rips were slashes from knives?’
    • ‘Akushu looked at a fresh rip in her skirt, frowning.’
    • ‘The pants had a rip on the knee.’
    • ‘It could never be restored to its former glory, anyway; there were too many rips and tears.’
    • ‘There were rips, tears, and dirty patches all over them.’
    • ‘Anubis watched in horror as Set tore the very fabrics of reality, opening up a rip right into the Underworld.’
    • ‘Then you'd found it, in the lining of your jacket, inside that rip you'd created to stash money safely.’
    • ‘Around every rip and tear, she saw the dark rings the blood had made in the clothing.’
    • ‘A starburst of gray dust exploded across the front of her shirt, but there was no tear or rip on the fabric itself.’
    • ‘The few pants I packed were black jeans, dark denim, or denim with rips and tears at the knee.’
    • ‘Her dress still appeared neatly in place, with no rips or tears in its fabric.’
    • ‘His one-time shirt and breeches were now littered with rips and tears, and his body sorely needed a bath.’
    • ‘A jagged piece of basalt had torn a fresh rip in the hem of her robes, and a gash from the same rock was bleeding freely.’
    • ‘It seemed almost all of Ralph's garments possessed at least one rip or tear, as did Jude's.’
    tear, slit, split, rent, laceration, cut, gash, slash
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    1. 1.1in singular An act of tearing something forcibly.
      ‘he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page—how dare she enjoy reading books?’
      • ‘He could feel the rips and tears, the little cuts opening under the movement of the shrapnel.’
      • ‘I cringed and quickly scooted across the floor, hearing the rips and tears of my gown from the nail heads in the wood.’
      • ‘I don't know when was the last time these women had a man; because my Aunt's voice was lost in the rips of these women tearing our shirts off!’
      • ‘The jagged edges dug into his fingers and palm, but the pain didn't compare with the agonizing rip of his heart splitting in two.’
      • ‘He closed his eyes tightly as Marcell slipped a hand under his shirt and tore the material with a vicious rip.’
      • ‘I saw Pocket running towards the closed door and ran after him, tripping and hearing a horrible rip as the hem of my dress was torn.’
      • ‘The removal of each piece was punctuated by the rip of Velcro.’
      • ‘Without hesitation, I gladly tore it up into many pieces, enjoying each rip and tear of the material as I let the wind blow it away.’
      • ‘Time seemed to slow down as she fell, and as she hit the ground she felt the rip and tear of ligaments, heard the crack of bones shattering.’
  • 2North American informal A fraud or swindle; a rip-off.

    • ‘The food is above average, wine list is good, but it's a rip for sure.’
    • ‘If you think it's a rip, don't buy it!’
    • ‘I've seen stores selling 2000 point cards for over 25 bucks! What a rip!’

Phrases

  • let rip

    • 1informal Do something vigorously or without restraint.

      ‘the brass sections let rip with sheer gusto’
      • ‘The giant grunted, his slow brain deciding when he would let rip and smother Glaucus in a deadly embrace.’
      • ‘It is said that the losers during the last days of a battle often let rip in appallingly brutal ways.’
      • ‘It is simply a montage of digital portraits of the students which had been transferred onto computer, with the young film-makers then letting rip and having fun.’
      • ‘So who can blame him for letting rip last week, after his chances of being Britain's remaining hope at the first Grand Slam of 2006, the Australian Open, crumbled before his eyes.’
      • ‘Bank of England independence and the introduction of fiscal rules after 1997 told the markets that Labour would not allow inflation to let rip, and would exercise fiscal discipline.’
      • ‘He gambolled away on the left before letting rip from over 25 metres, his punishing volley zipping into the net.’
      1. 1.1Express oneself vehemently or angrily.
        ‘Charlie felt he had suffered enough insults and suddenly let rip’
        • ‘And as he was lyin' there, half dozin' and thinkin' about things, he suddenly let rip a big stale Guinness fart that rumpled the bedclothes.’
        • ‘She is at her funniest when letting rip about all that is sexist and sizeist.’
        • ‘Rather than letting rip in the locker-room afterwards, he stepped back.’
        • ‘It suddenly slowed up, crackled with blue electricity and let rip with a sizzling blue column of energy, followed by the plasma being dumped from the engine, completely frying the ship's shields.’
        • ‘Now he is letting rip on drugs, Labour, his new record company and the race for London mayor.’
        • ‘He is sensitive, gentle and polite, which makes it all the more dramatic when he lets rip, as he often does, with a verbal flourish, about some injustice or object of his scorn.’
    • informal

      see rip
  • let something rip

    • 1informal Allow something, especially a vehicle, to go at full speed.

      ‘we'll get on to the motorway and let her rip’
      • ‘If that RX has been sitting a long time, then those rotary seals will go out the first time you let it rip on the highway.’
      • ‘Drivers upset at being stuck in traffic let it rip when the road is clear.’
      1. 1.1Allow something to happen forcefully or without interference.
        ‘once she started a tirade, it was best to let it rip’
        • ‘He realized the joy of being able to come into a game and throw whatever you wanted as hard as you wanted, just let it rip and not fret too terribly much over pitch selection.’
        • ‘It was supposed to help Australian workers and industry adapt to globalisation, rather than simply letting the market rip.’
        • ‘Both movies would have been better if maybe they had let it rip, instead of sticking to their "This is how it would have truly been" conceit.’
        • ‘Rather, Singer essentially introduces the characters and lets us in on their powers, then lets the action rip.’
        • ‘The cause of genuine competition has never been best served by just letting markets rip.’
        • ‘When writing a first draft, by all means let the story rip, so to speak.’
      2. 1.2Utter or express something forcefully and noisily.
        ‘when I passed the exam I let rip a ‘yippee’’
        • ‘Once he has walked through a bulkhead door leading out of the landing bay, Halkari lets his anger rip.’
        • ‘One activity is the milkshake laugh, which involves vigorously shaking a milkshake and then letting rip a roaring laugh once the imaginary drink is finished.’
        • ‘I remember it like yesterday: getting up there, taking a deep breath like I do now, and just letting it rip.’
        • ‘Only recently have I really understood this and also understood when it's good to let those emotions rip and when to hold back and keep things balanced.’
        • ‘Like some lurching wild-eyed Yeti letting rip one last agonizing death scream while uprooting everything in its path, the former behemoth known as the American Empire now looks as if it's down for the count and flat-lining fast.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • rip into

    • Make a vehement verbal attack on.

      ‘he ripped into me just for going into the caravan’
      • ‘Using the framework of the division of class, it rips into gender relationships with passionate honesty and superb brutality, challenging assumptions and uncovering uncomfortable truths.’
      • ‘Bullying sergeants ripping into their soldiers might make good television, but the British army fears the reality TV show Lads Army is having a disastrous effect on efforts to recruit new troops.’
      • ‘The defence had been expected to rip into the witness's credibility, citing false claims in the past for sexual harassment and welfare payments.’
      • ‘O'Reilly rips into him and throws him off the show.’
      • ‘Just to be balanced, Jenkins still rips into rich bigots.’
      • ‘When Kerry needed that support, those types turn on him and start ripping into him for NOT SAYING what they wanted him to say exactly the way they wanted him to say it.’
      • ‘Chris had cowered about in silence as the prosecuting attorneys had gone through question after question, each ripping into him one after another.’
      • ‘Chomsky rips into the scam of wiping the U.S. government's slate clean.’
      • ‘Seacrest retaliates by ripping into Cowell's choice of car.’
      • ‘And once again, Michael Massing rips into what we think is the free press.’
      • ‘The Kiwi was ripping into the Aussie with relish and, following a string of Wombat and Kangaroo one-liners, he began ridiculing the Australian work ethic.’
      • ‘I don't see ever ripping into another journalist.’
      • ‘Watergate was a scandal Mr. Rather thoroughly enjoyed since he built his career on ripping into Richard Nixon.’
      • ‘I've never read him ripping into anyone - which as any critic will tell you - is jolly good fun once in a while.’
      • ‘There are undoubtedly chefs who believe reviewers go out with the express intention of ripping into a restaurant, but that doesn't tally with my experience.’
  • rip someone off

    • Cheat someone, especially financially.

      ‘she thought he was ripping her off over her royalties’
      • ‘The rugby fans after Ireland's Triple Crown victory in Dublin were ripped off by the pubs who charged exorbitant prices for drink over the weekend.’
      • ‘Who else would go with us to stop Swiss Tony and his mates from ripping us off down at the used car showroom?’
      • ‘Post-Christmas sales only prove just how much you were ripped off in the Pre-Christmas hurley-burley.’
      • ‘The other night, a friend in my building told me that she was ripped off by the restaurant across the street.’
      • ‘‘The supermarkets have got to be ripping us off,’ he said.’
      • ‘Overall, the inflation figures confirm that the Government is ripping us off.’
      • ‘I used to be furious at them because they kind of ripped us off financially too, but what can I say?’
      • ‘‘I got fed up with expensive hotels ripping me off,’ Beecham says.’
      • ‘Whatever you do, don't seek to change a booking because you will be ripped off.’
      • ‘It's not possible to get rich quick in the space of time that they're talking about, and do it without cheating or ripping somebody off.’
      • ‘You also don't really sound like the bitter musician who feels like the record companies have ripped you off.’
      • ‘When we found out he had ripped us off, we couldn't believe he had done it.’
      • ‘When I was in India, a carpet salesman ripped me off.’
      • ‘I later found that the young woman had ripped me off to the tune of £5 for the latter, crediting the card with £5 but charging me £10.’
      • ‘They said they were going to help me but instead they ripped me off, shut down the company and sold off the products.’
      • ‘Is your credit card company or your banker or your broker ripping you off?’
      • ‘It's like the corporations are saying, ‘Yeah, we're clearly ripping you off, but you have no choice but to accept it.’’
      • ‘Well first the Federal Government should stop ripping us off with surpluses that see spending power just disappear from the economy into their accounting books.’
      • ‘Maybe the military purchaser doesn't know what an electrical bell costs, but the corporate contractor sure does, and that contractor is intentionally ripping us off by adding a 1400 percent markup.’
      • ‘He had an abiding distrust of people in suits since his early days in the music industry, when he took it for granted that promoters were only interested in ripping him off.’
      swindle, fleece, cheat, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull
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  • rip something off

    • Steal or plagiarize something.

      ‘they have ripped off £6.7 billion’
      ‘the film is a shameless collection of ideas ripped off from other movies’
      • ‘His ideas have been ripped off for years and years, and with increasing frequency.’
      • ‘I must confess, a lot of my style is ripped off from The Simpsons.’
      • ‘I tuned Sparky out and started worrying about what my mother was gonna say when she found out all my stuff had been ripped off.’
      • ‘Having higher volumes of purchased copies of Office in the home also has the effect of reducing to some extent the incidence of people ripping off copies from their business and using them at home.’
      • ‘An interesting thing to note with the movie is that it is ripped off in Luc Besson's Fifth Element.’
      • ‘The concepts and moves are ripped off from American videos, but now she is also looking at our stuff and picking out things.’
      • ‘I'm not sure what Hong Kong movie this plot is ripped off from, but Quentin is involved so I'm confident it's one of them.’
      • ‘He's tired of young bands ripping off sounds or relying on fashion to find an audience.’
      • ‘I'm not using these examples as a pointer to the level of their skills, this is just a statement about the sound they've shamelessly ripped off.’
      • ‘Look at this common blog style - should we not then say it was ripped off or stolen?’
      • ‘The idea to add the clicker was ripped off from an excellent Yankee-centric site by a writer named Cecilia Tan.’
      • ‘The man ripped off her copy and put it on the box, then nodded and left the way he had come.’
      • ‘The game starts when Plok notices that his favorite flag has been ripped off and taken to the neighbouring isle of Cotton Island.’
      • ‘With intellectual property rights, I will not accept the excuse that it is too widespread or too large-scale to handle, not until China's own products are ripped off.’
      • ‘A drug-dealing student rips off a copy of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ from a friend but probably uses it as a lap tray for snorting lines.’
      • ‘The team's most high-profile moment came in November, when one of their engineers was interviewed by police after Ferrari claimed their data had been ripped off to design last year's Toyota.’
  • rip something up

    • Tear something violently into small pieces so as to destroy it.

      ‘he ripped up her pile of old letters’
      • ‘Furious protesters from the genuine rally had attempted to grab the placards and rip them up, insisting it was not time for jokes.’
      • ‘One in ten Brits admit to simply throwing financial documents in their bin without shredding or even ripping them up, putting themselves at serious risk from ‘bin-raiding’ fraudsters.’
      • ‘The right side of the Apache resembled a piece of meat after a lion had ripped it up.’
      • ‘I've been voting for him ever since he came on the scene and I've been a Labour Party member all my life, but I've ripped my card up and posted it back to Mr Blair.’
      • ‘She opened the journal as she screamed and started to tear out the pages and rip them up.’
      • ‘But, I've seen people I know put utility bills, or worse, bank or credit card statements, or receipts, in the bin without even ripping them up, so many times.’
      • ‘Council spokeswoman Hellen Barnes said all presiding officers had written instructions to destroy any cards that were left at the polling station by ripping them up and putting them in the black rubbish sacks provided.’
      • ‘The cops took sheets, ripped them up and blindfolded us, threw us into a van, and took us to a holding cell.’
      • ‘So I ripped it up and threw the pieces into the river.’
      • ‘They would have taken our signs and ripped them up again this year if the police hadn't been there.’
      • ‘Digging around in the bottom drawer where Mother kept rags, he ripped a couple up and constructed a tail, just in case it should prove necessary.’
      • ‘‘I got all his clothes and ripped them up and flung them into the street,’ she says.’
      • ‘I looked at it for quite awhile then I ripped it up and started crying even more.’
      • ‘‘There has been a bit of give and take by all three parties and now the old contract has been ripped up and there is a new one in its place,’ he says.’
      • ‘If a potential employer mentioned to me that my work strongly resembled another designer's, I would rip the piece up right in front of them.’
      • ‘I also found that one of my magazines was missing and several newspapers were ripped up.’
      • ‘She pulled down the injunctions and ripped them up in a frenzy of anger and joy.’
      • ‘I ripped it up and put it in the trash bin at school.’
      • ‘I snatched the piece of paper back and ripped it up quickly but not before she knew what it was.’
      • ‘A newsagent mistakenly told them that their ticket was not a winner and the ticket was ripped up before the shop worker's error was discovered.’
      tear, slit, cut, gash, cleave, slash, claw, savage, mangle, mutilate, hack
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin; compare with the verb reap. The noun dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation

rip

/rɪp/

Main definitions of rip in English

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RIP2

noun

  • A raster image processor.

verb

  • with object Rasterize (an image)

    ‘once you are happy with the image, you can rip it out’
    • ‘At $50, it's a bit expensive for a copy-only application, but it rips images for storage, too.’

Origin

1970s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

RIP

/rɪp/

Main definitions of rip in English

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rip3

noun

  • 1A stretch of fast-flowing and rough water in the sea or in a river, caused by the meeting of currents.

    • ‘The onslaught of the Trojan army is ‘charging in as a heavy surf roars in against the rip at a river's mouth.’’
    • ‘It's like jumping into the ocean, with the waves crushing, and if you go too far out, you might be caught in a rip.’
    1. 1.1
      ‘he felt the gut-wrenching tug of the rip as he approached the shore’
      short for rip current
      • ‘Why didn't I know about this before I entered the water, and we did check out the beach at the time, and there were no signs warning of the dangers of rips or sandbars, or any of the water conditions.’

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps related to rip.

Pronunciation

rip

/rɪp/

Main definitions of rip in English

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rip4

noun

informal, dated
  • 1An immoral or unpleasant person.

    ‘‘Where is that old rip?’ a deep voice shouted’
    • ‘They didn't see, and didn't want to see, the unregistered brokers and the rips - or at least, they didn't see them while the unregistered brokers were working and the rips were being charged.’
    1. 1.1 A mischievous person, especially a child.
      ‘I spent hours making those skirts for you two little rips’
      • ‘You're already bad as the rest of these insolent little rips.’
  • 2A worthless horse.

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps from rep, abbreviation of reprobate.

Pronunciation

rip

/rɪp/

  • Rest in peace (used on graves).

Origin

From Latin requiescat (or, in the plural, requiescant) in pace.