Definition of rip-roaring in US English:



  • attributive Full of energy and vigor.

    ‘a rip-roaring rodeo’
    • ‘And it's certainly not interested in making its exports expensive enough to slow down a rip-roaring economy that needs to absorb 10 million new workers a year.’
    • ‘The lyrics are witty, and it's a rip-roaring good story.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the gig still proved a rip-roaring success and was followed by an after-show party.’
    • ‘Robbins plays a more geeky character who is shy and meek, but has a rip-roaring streak in him.’
    • ‘Having got off to such a rip-roaring start, however, the album sometimes struggles to maintain such high standards.’
    • ‘But before Rex tells any more of his rip-roaring stories over kangaroo steaks and tin mugs of red wine around his island campfire, he wants to get a few things straight.’
    • ‘Their ensuing adventure is a rip-roaring treat capable of appealing to both adults and children alike, featuring a superb script and some terrific visual gags as well as some genuinely moving moments.’
    • ‘The Second Show - with the bigger crowd and less interference from the TV people - is the superior performance; it's far more energetic and rip-roaring.’
    • ‘This rip-roaring growth, however, has left other areas of archaeology totally overshadowed.’
    • ‘Calamity Jane is an action-packed, rip-roaring roller coaster of a show with one of the most witty and memorable musical scores.’
    • ‘And it's rip-roaring fun, particularly in the way it seamlessly blends some weighty issues, such as corporate monopolies and plastic surgery, with plenty for the kids to enjoy as well.’
    • ‘I take the hint: more rip-roaring sing-alongs, more violin.’
    • ‘We didn't just go through a recession in 2000; it was a recession that followed a rip-roaring expansion, in which ordinary workers made piles of money in the stock market.’
    • ‘I, as always, started training early this year with a rip-roaring weekend of illegalities.’
    • ‘We've got some rip-roaring combat in the movie I've made.’
    • ‘While the first works better as a serious anti-war film, this one is a rip-roaring action-adventure, which at the very least works as a great example of mindless blockbuster entertainment.’
    • ‘The film opens with a rip-roaring car chase scene, as a car full of thieves is fleeing the cops.’
    • ‘The hosts quickly pulled a goal back and the stage seemed set for a rip-roaring finale.’
    • ‘Berman gives a rip-roaring account of this more popular of Liszt's two piano concertos in 1976; a work which can only be appreciated live as here before a Turin audience.’
    • ‘Both men agreed that it was a rip-roaring case that would bring them together for an altruistic cause like they had in years past.’
    enormous, huge, massive, vast, very great, tremendous, substantial, goodly, prodigious, gigantic, giant, terrific, fantastic, colossal, immense, mammoth, monumental, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous, monstrous
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