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ripoff

[rip-awf, -of] /ˈrɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Slang.
1.
an act or instance of ripping off another or others; a theft, cheat, or swindle.
2.
exploitation, especially of those who cannot prevent or counter it.
3.
a copy or imitation.
4.
a person who rips off another or others; thief or swindler.
Also, rip-off.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; noun use of verb phrase rip off
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British Dictionary definitions for rip-off

rip off

verb
1.
(transitive) to tear violently or roughly (from)
2.
(adverb) (slang) to steal from or cheat (someone)
noun
3.
(slang) an article or articles stolen
4.
(slang) a grossly overpriced article
5.
(slang) the act of stealing or cheating
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Word Origin and History for rip-off
n.

"an act of fraud, a swindle," 1969, from verbal phrase rip off "to steal or rob" (c.1967) in U.S. black slang, from rip (v.) + off (adv.). Rip was prison slang for "to steal" since 1904, and was also used in this sense in 12c. Meaning "an exploitative imitation, a plagiarism" is from 1971. Related: Ripped-off.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rip-off

ripoff

noun
  1. A theft; an act of stealing
  2. A fraud; swindle; scam: The whole arms-reduction policy is a big ripoff
  3. (also ripoff artist) A person or company that steals or swindles: He was the biggest ripoff ever seen, even in Congress (1960s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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