a person or thing that rips.
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.
a double-ripper.
a killer who dispatches and often mutilates victims with a knife or similar weapon.
Mining. a hooklike tool, attached to earth-moving machinery, for tearing away ore, rock, etc.
Chiefly British Slang. something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind.

1605–15; rip1 + -er1 Unabridged
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ripper (ˈrɪpə)
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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Example sentences
So for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading a bodice ripper, memoir fills that space.
The tow rope was attached to a ripper tooth on the dispatched grader.
The other claw is called the pincher or ripper claw and is used to tear food apart.
Other contractors have chosen to load with backhoes directly off the grade without using a ripper tooth.
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