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.

Primary Meanings of rip

tear or be torn violently
an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
a dissolute man in fashionable society
Full Definitions of rip

v tear or be torn violently

“The curtain ripped from top to bottom”
pull, rend, rent, rive
Type of:
bust, rupture, snap, tear
separate or cause to separate abruptly

v cut (wood) along the grain

Type of:
separate with or as if with an instrument

v move precipitously or violently

“The tornado ripped along the coast”
Type of:
buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
move quickly and violently

v criticize or abuse strongly and violently

“The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly”
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
attack in speech or writing

n an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

“there was a rip in his pants”
rent, snag, split, tear
Type of:
gap, opening
an open or empty space in or between things

n the act of rending or ripping or splitting something

“he gave the envelope a vigorous rip
rent, split
Type of:
the act of tearing

n a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current

countercurrent, crosscurrent, riptide, tide rip
Type of:
turbulence, turbulency
unstable flow of a liquid or gas

n a dissolute man in fashionable society

blood, profligate, rake, rakehell, roue
Type of:
debauchee, libertine, rounder
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained

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