ripper-act

ripper

[rip-er]
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:
1605–15; rip1 + -er1

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ripper (ˈrɪpə)
 
n
1.  a person who rips
2.  a murderer who dissects or mutilates his victims' bodies
3.  informal chiefly (Austral), (NZ) a fine or excellent person or thing

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