Definition of rip something off in US English:

rip something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Steal.

    ‘they have ripped off $6.7 billion’
    • ‘The man ripped off her copy and put it on the box, then nodded and left the way he had come.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘His ideas have been ripped off for years and years, and with increasing frequency.’
    • ‘The concepts and moves are ripped off from American videos, but now she is also looking at our stuff and picking out things.’
    • ‘I must confess, a lot of my style is ripped off from The Simpsons.’
    • ‘The game starts when Plok notices that his favorite flag has been ripped off and taken to the neighbouring isle of Cotton Island.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idea to add the clicker was ripped off from an excellent Yankee-centric site by a writer named Cecilia Tan.’
    • ‘An interesting thing to note with the movie is that it is ripped off in Luc Besson's Fifth Element.’
    • ‘He's tired of young bands ripping off sounds or relying on fashion to find an audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Copy; plagiarize.
      ‘the film is a shameless collection of ideas ripped off from other movies’
      • ‘Sometimes an ironic sense of genre is just a way to give yourself permission to flat-out copy something, to rip it off.’
      • ‘I might as well admit now, I’m about to rip off their idea.’