verb(usually rip) (RIPs, ripping, ripped) [with object] Back to top
- Rasterize (an image): once you are happy with the image, you can rip it outMore example sentences
- At $50, it's a bit expensive for a copy-only application, but it rips images for storage, too.
verb (rips, ripping, ripped)
- 1 [with object] Tear or pull (something) quickly or forcibly away from something or someone: a fan tried to rip his pants off during a show • figurative countries ripped apart by fightingMore example sentences
- She extended the claws on both her hands, then, in a sudden movement, grabbed each end of the tangle and pulled, ripping it apart.
- He felt as if he was throwing up everything inside of him, his insides being ripped, pulled, torn out.
- He fetched the keys from his pocket, grabbing them and ripping them out quickly, wasting no time.
- 1.1Make a long tear or cut in: you’ve ripped my jacket (as adjective ripped) ripped jeansMore example sentences
- 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 was wearing ripped jeans and his now-fraying Peter Pan t-shirt.
- 1.2Make (a hole) by force: the truck was struck by lightning and had a hole ripped out of its roofMore example sentences
- He felt like a hole had been ripped in his chest.
- Across the way, he saw the reason there was no atmosphere in the dome: a large hole had been ripped in the outer wall.
- He was now wearing his shirt again; a large hole had been ripped where the snake had struck.
- 1.3 [no object] Come violently apart; tear: he heard something ripMore example sentences
- She hit and hit until she'd gotten through to the picture itself and then it finally was heard ripping apart.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.4Cut (wood) in the direction of the grain.More example sentences
- Make sure both of the long edges are perfectly parallel by either ripping the board on the table saw, or even edge-planing it.
- I don't want to rip the plank that hits the stair molding because I don't think the cut will be straight enough.
- 2 [no object] Move forcefully and rapidly: fire ripped through her bungalowMore example sentences
- A shock of electricity ripped through me, making my muscles jerk and my hands clench; he caught me as my knees gave out.
- Merlin's head rocked back from the force of the impact and an explosion ripped through his ears.
- As each flash ripped through the reddened sky, the force of the angry discharge made him gasp in awe.
- 3Use a program to copy (material from a CD or DVD) onto a computer’s hard drive: every Beatles song ever made, ripped from my boxed set of CDsMore example sentences
- There have been hi-fi units equipped with hard drives, but nothing beats a personal computer for ripping and managing an audio collection.
- Media encoding for home and professional use is becoming more popular, as more users rip audio to their hard drives, or edit home movies.
- Typically, you'll need separate software to do specific tasks, such as burning DVDs, ripping audio, and of course burning CDs.
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- 1A long tear or cut.More example sentences
- 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.
- There were rips, tears, and dirty patches all over them.
- His one-time shirt and breeches were now littered with rips and tears, and his body sorely needed a bath.
- 1.1 [in singular] An act of tearing something forcibly.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 2North American • informal A fraud or swindle; a rip-off.More example sentences
- If you think it's a rip, don't buy it!
- The food is above average, wine list is good, but it's a rip for sure.
- I've seen stores selling 2000 point cards for over 25 bucks! What a rip!
- • informal Do something or proceed vigorously or without restraint: the brass sections let rip with sheer gustoMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- Express oneself vehemently or angrily.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
let something rip
- • informal Allow something, especially a vehicle, to go at full speed.More example sentences
- 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.
- Allow something to happen forcefully or without interference: once she started a tirade, it was best to let it ripMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- The cause of genuine competition has never been best served by just letting markets rip.
- Utter or express something forcefully and noisily: when I passed the exam I let rip a “yippee.”More example sentences
- 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.
- I remember it like yesterday: getting up there, taking a deep breath like I do now, and just letting it rip.
- Once he has walked through a bulkhead door leading out of the landing bay, Halkari lets his anger rip.
- • informal Make a vehement verbal attack on: he ripped into me just for going into the trailerMore example sentences
- 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.
- Chomsky rips into the scam of wiping the U.S. government's slate clean.
- 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.
rip someone off
- • informal Cheat someone, especially financially.More example sentences
- 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.
- I used to be furious at them because they kind of ripped us off financially too, but what can I say?
- Whatever you do, don't seek to change a booking because you will be ripped off.
rip something off
- • informal Steal: they have ripped off $6.7 billionMore example sentences
- 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.
- I must confess, a lot of my style is ripped off from The Simpsons.
- Copy; plagiarize: the film is a shameless collection of ideas ripped off from other moviesMore example sentences
- 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, Im about to rip off their idea.
rip something up
- Tear something violently into small pieces so as to destroy it.More example sentences
tear, claw, hack, slit, cut• literary rend
- 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.
- So I ripped it up and threw the pieces into the river.
- 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.
late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin; compare with the verb reap. The noun dates from the early 18th century.
- 1A stretch of fast-flowing and rough water in the sea or in a river, caused by the meeting of currents.More example sentences
- 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.
late 18th century: perhaps related to rip1.
- 1A dissolute immoral person, especially a man: “Where is that old rip?” a deep voice shoutedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A mischievous person, especially a child.More example sentences
- You're already bad as the rest of these insolent little rips.
late 18th century: perhaps from rep, abbreviation of reprobate.