Meaning of RIP in English


I. rip 1 S3 /rɪp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle ripped , present participle ripping )

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: Probably from Flemish rippen 'to tear off roughly' ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to tear something or be torn quickly and violently:

Her clothes had all been ripped.

The sails ripped under the force of the wind.

Impatiently, Sue ripped the letter open.

2 . [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to remove something quickly and violently, using your hands

rip something out/off/away/down

Gilly ripped out a sheet of paper from her notebook.

The buttons had been ripped off.

3 . rip something/somebody to shreds

a) to destroy something or damage it badly by tearing it in many places:

Jill’s kitten is ripping her sofa to shreds.

b) informal to strongly criticize someone, or criticize their opinions, remarks, behaviour etc:

I expected to have my argument ripped to shreds.

4 . [transitive] to copy music from a CD to an ↑ MP3 player or computer

5 . let rip informal to speak or behave violently or emotionally:

Fran took a slow deep breath, then let rip, yelling and shouting at him.

6 . let it/her rip informal to make a car, boat etc go as fast as it can:

Put your foot on the gas and let her rip!

rip something ↔ apart phrasal verb

to tear or pull something to pieces:

He was ripped apart by savage beasts in the forest.

rip somebody/something ↔ off phrasal verb informal

1 . to charge someone too much money for something SYN overcharge :

The agency really ripped us off.

2 . to steal something:

Somebody had come in and ripped off the TV and stereo.

3 . to take words, ideas etc from someone else’s work and use them in your own work as if they were your own ideas SYN plagiarize

⇨ ↑ rip-off (2)

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▪ tear to damage paper or cloth by pulling it too hard, or letting it touch something sharp:

She unwrapped the present carefully, trying not to tear the paper.


I tore a hole in my jacket, climbing over the fence.

▪ rip to tear something quickly or violently:

Beth excitedly ripped open the package.


Stop pulling my dress! You’ll rip it!

▪ split to tear your trousers or shirt when you put them on, because they are too tight for you:

He bent down and split his trousers.


Oh no, now I’ve split my shirt.

▪ ladder British English if a woman ladders her ↑ tights or STOCKINGS , she tears them so that a long thin line appears in them:

Damn! I’ve laddered my tights!

▪ snag to catch a piece of clothing on something rough or sharp so that it tears slightly:

I snagged my shirt on a nail.

▪ shred to deliberately destroy letters, documents etc by cutting them into thin pieces, often by using a special machine:

In order to prevent fraud, it’s best to shred your bank statements.


I went through all my papers shredding things I didn’t need.

▪ frayed torn a little along the edges – used about clothes, carpets etc that have been used a lot:

He was wearing an old pair of frayed jeans.


The rug was a little frayed around the edges.


The jacket was a little frayed at the cuffs.

rip on somebody/something phrasal verb American English informal

to complain a lot about someone or something

rip through something phrasal verb

to move through a place quickly and with violent force:

A wave of bombings ripped through the capital’s business district.

rip something ↔ up phrasal verb

to tear something into pieces:

Sue ripped his photo up into tiny bits.

II. rip 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a long tear or cut:

a green leather jacket with a rip in the sleeve

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.