But then, he took a turn by pointing out that the Japanese have been “ripping us off.”
Others jumped on him and held him down, ripping the gun from his hands.
They wanted to party hard and forget the escalating violence that had left hundreds dead and was ripping the country apart.
Eventually, under immense pressure, they gave way, ripping a set of six-inch hinges with them.
He is an ‘aw shucks’ guy, but in the meantime, he is ripping your balls out.
The cowboys were the first to reach the ranchyard and Janet could hear them ripping the cover off the well.
I say, Henry, there's a ripping sketch of a new kind of engine in this paper.
You'll be pleased to know that we have a ripping chaplain or Padre, as they call chaplains, with us.
She did not heed his swift gesture in ripping back the buckskin vest.
"That will be ripping," said Nadine, assuming a sleepy voice.
"cutting," 1714, present participle adjective from rip (v.). Slange meaning "Very fast, rapid" os from 1826, hence further slang development "excellent, splendid" (1846.). Related: Rippingly.
"tear apart," c.1400, probably of North Sea Germanic origin (cf. Flemish rippen "strip off roughly," Frisian rippe "to tear, rip") or else from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish reppa, Danish rippe "to tear, rip"). In either case, from Proto-Germanic *rupjan-, from PIE root *reup-, *reub- "to snatch." Meaning "to slash open" is from 1570s. Related: Ripped; ripping.
In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth. ... Rend implies great force or violence. [Century Dictionary]Meaning "to move with slashing force" (1798) is the sense in let her rip, American English colloquial phrase attested from 1853. The noun is attested from 1711. The parachutist's rip cord (1911) originally was a device in ballooning to open a panel and release air.
"rough water," 1775, perhaps a special use of rip (v.). Originally of seas; application to rivers is from 1828.
"thing of little value," 1815, earlier "inferior or worn-out horse" (1778), perhaps altered from slang rep (1747) "man of loose character; vicious, reckless and worthless person," which itself is perhaps short for reprobate (n.).
A debauched and dissolute person; libertine: the proper way to treat a rip
[1797+; perhaps a variant of rep fr reprobate]
[all, one way or another, fr rip, ''tear''; third noun sense perhaps related to ripping, ''excellent, first-rate,'' found by 1846]