When you rip something, you tear it quickly or forcefully. It's almost always better to rip off a Band-Aid than to peel it off slowly.

You can rip a piece of paper in half, or rip a hole in the roof of your tent. When you tear, split, or pull something apart, you rip it. You can also rip figuratively — like when your move to a new city rips you apart from your best friend. A rip off is a bad deal or a swindle, a phrase that's been popular since about 1970, although rip meaning "steal" was used as prison slang much earlier.

Definitions of rip
  1. verb
    tear or be torn violently
    “The curtain ripped from top to bottom”
    synonyms: pull, rend, rent, rive
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    bust, rupture, snap, tear
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  2. verb
    cut (wood) along the grain
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    separate with or as if with an instrument
  3. verb
    move precipitously or violently
    “The tornado ripped along the coast”
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    buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
    move quickly and violently
  4. verb
    criticize or abuse strongly and violently
    “The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly”
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    assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
    attack in speech or writing
  5. noun
    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
    “there was a rip in his pants”
    synonyms: rent, snag, split, tear
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    type of:
    gap, opening
    an open or empty space in or between things
  6. noun
    the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
    “he gave the envelope a vigorous rip
    synonyms: rent, split
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    the act of tearing
  7. noun
    a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
    synonyms: countercurrent, crosscurrent, riptide, tide rip
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    turbulence, turbulency
    unstable flow of a liquid or gas
  8. noun
    a dissolute man in fashionable society
    synonyms: blood, profligate, rake, rakehell, roue
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    type of:
    debauchee, libertine, rounder
    a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
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