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ripper

[rip-er] /ˈrɪp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that rips.
2.
Also, ripper bill, ripper act. a legislative bill or act for taking powers of appointment to and removal from office away from the usual holders of these powers and conferring them unrestrictedly on a chief executive, as a governor or mayor, or on a board of officials.
3.
a double-ripper.
4.
a killer who dispatches and often mutilates victims with a knife or similar weapon.
5.
Mining. a hooklike tool, attached to earth-moving machinery, for tearing away ore, rock, etc.
6.
Chiefly British Slang. something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; rip1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for ripper bill

ripper

/ˈrɪpə/
noun
1.
a person who rips
2.
a murderer who dissects or mutilates his victims' bodies
3.
(informal, mainly Austral & NZ) a fine or excellent person or thing
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Word Origin and History for ripper bill

ripper

n.

1610s, agent noun from rip (v.). Meaning "killer who mutilates his victims" (1890) is from Jack the Ripper, notorious London murderer, whose nickname contains a pun on ripper in sense of "tool for ripping" old slates, etc. (1823) and the slang meaning "excellent person or thing, a 'ripping' fellow" (1838), from ripping "excellent, splendid."

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Slang definitions & phrases for ripper bill

ripper

noun

One that is an excellent or admirable example of its kind: Every episode is a ripper (1838+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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