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 and adverbial of direction] Tear or pull (something) quickly or forcibly away from something or someone: a fan tried to rip his trousers 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Make a long tear or cut in: you’ve ripped my jacketMore 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.
- 1.2 [with object] Make (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: the skirt of her frock rippedMore 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.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] 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.
- 3 [with object] Computing Use a program to copy (material from a CD or DVD) on to a computer’s hard drive.More 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: there was a rip in his sweatshirtMore 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: he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page—how dare she enjoy reading books?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!
let rip • informal
- Do something 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: Charlie felt he had suffered enough insults and suddenly let ripMore 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: we’ll get on to the motorway and let her ripMore 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 caravanMore 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: she thought he was ripping her off over her royaltiesMore example sentences
swindle, fleece, cheat, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull; short-change; exploit, take advantage of, victimize• informal do, diddle, con, bamboozle, rob, shaft, sting, have, bilk, rook, gyp, finagle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one on, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, sell down the river, pull the wool over someone's eyesAustralian • informal pull a swifty on
- 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
- Steal or plagiarize something: they have ripped off £6.7 billion the film is a shameless collection of ideas ripped off from other moviesMore 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.
rip something up
- Tear something violently into small pieces so as to destroy it: he ripped up her pile of old lettersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 short for rip current. he felt the gut-wrenching tug of the rip as he approached the shoreMore example sentences
- Why didn't I know about this before I entered the water, and we did check out the beach at the time, and there were no signs warning of the dangers of rips or sandbars, or any of the water conditions.
late 18th century: perhaps related to rip1.
noun• informal , • dated
- 1An immoral or unpleasant person: ‘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: I spent hours making those skirts for you two little ripsMore example sentences
- You're already bad as the rest of these insolent little rips.
late 18th century: perhaps from rep, abbreviation of reprobate.