rip off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rip off deprive somebody of something by deceit "The con-man beat me out of $50","This salesman ripped us off!","we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme","They chiseled me out of my money"
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Usage

In literature:

Animals could cause bruises and tear flesh, but stopped short of ripping off limbs.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
I'll find where you've hidden your notes if I have to rip your skin off!
"The Story of Nathan Hale" by Henry Fisk Carlton
Specimen Jones ripped off the burro's pack, and the milk-cans rolled on the ground.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
Suddenly this amazing witness ripped off his mask and threw aside his hat.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Jack told him to wait, and explained he was going to try to rip off a number of shingles.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
After a while he stopped and pointed to a tree whose bark was ripped off.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
It took only a second to rip the laces from his shoes and kick them off.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Why I complied, I don't know, but I ripped off my glove, and he held my hand in both his hands and kissed it and kissed it.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
A ripping team of bays, sturdy, and eager to be off, fully occupied the driver's attention.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
He just smashed down on top of us, ripped off our fans and grabbed hold.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
That thing, whatever it was, would have ripped our left wing off in a second.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
Now, you go and rip off some sleep!
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
The speed with which it returned to its place shows that it was ripped off very rapidly, however.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He ripped off a chunk of meat.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
For a moment he was tempted to try ripping off the planks with his bar, but he decided against it.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
I went up in the sky, my coat ripped off, and I went a-sailin' end-over-end.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
To the one on the left he feeds heavy blocks of cedar, reaching over with his left hand to remove the rough shingles it rips off.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
Norton ripped off the lettered muslin and tossed it aside.
"The Motor Girls on the Coast" by Margaret Penrose
His wiring ripped off.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
Then she ripped off the bandages, threw away the splints, and stood up.
"Curiosities of Olden Times" by S. Baring-Gould
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In poetry:

We were living in a flat; it was number eighty-three.
At eighty-four the Barleys lived, a fearsome man was he.
He had a wife and numerous kids. We heard then rip and cuss,
Some three feet and a quarter off, across the hall from us.
"The Happy Flatite" by Edward Dyson

In news:

Is the 'rip' move a rip-off .
Robbers rip off cash store.
Did the German Eurodance group Cascada ('Evacuate The Dancefloor', 'Everytime We Touch') totally rip off Katy Perry with their latest single 'San Francisco.
Burglars rip off side door of Best Buy.
Rip Off the Medication Band-Aid.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Says Encores are a ' Rip Off .
Does Lady Gaga's New Single Rip-Off Madonna.
Lady Gaga unleashed her new single "Born This Way" on Friday, and almost immediately all kinds of people started calling it a rip-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself" which came out in 1989.
This is the story of one woman who fell for this scam and paid a hefty price in this Rip-Off Alert.
Did Audi Rip Off Eminem's Chrysler Commercial.
I've always thought that most 401k plans were rip-off s.
Rip-Off of the Month.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a " rip-off " for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it.
The original idea for the beer was a blatant rip-off of Homer Simpson's infamous poison of choice, Duff Beer – right down to the same name.
Hotel Wi-Fi rates a ' rip-off '.
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In science:

Charged particles are ripped off the surface and accelerated along the magnetic field lines by the electric fields.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field
Turbulence is also effective at “mixing” the momentum of a fluid (i.e. accelerating material ripped off the cloud to the ambient flow speed), and at transferring heat.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
An alternative injection mechanism is that the wind is accelerated on smaller scales, and hits some large (molecular?) cloud at high speed, ripping off material from the surface.
An overview of dynamical models for outflows in BALQSOs and Seyferts
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