Definition of rip-off in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrip ˌôf/


1A fraud or swindle, especially something that is grossly overpriced: designer label clothes are just expensive rip-offs
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  • The rip-offs can vary from interest overcharging to the failure to set off loan accounts against accounts which are in credit.
  • The frequency of this consumer crusade by our guardians in Wapping has led most people to believe that these cheap bits of degradable plastic are nothing but a rip-off of the highest order.
  • Home insurance (buildings and contents cover) and mortgage payment protection insurance (accident, sickness and unemployment cover) from mortgage lenders are rip-offs, too.
informal con, scam, flimflam, gyp, rip, gouge, shakedown, bunco
1.1An inferior imitation of something: rip-offs of all the latest styles
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  • He was first lionised by the press and then held unfairly responsible for the subsequent slew of inferior rip-offs by other directors.
  • Then you can count on some no-name studio to produce rip-offs of those blockbusters.
  • And it may make rip-off artists think twice before churning out knock-offs.

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Syllabification: rip-off

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