ripsnorter

ripsnorter

[rip-snawr-ter]
noun Informal.
1.
something or someone exceedingly strong or violent: a ripsnorter of a gale.
2.
something or someone remarkably good or exciting.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; rip1 + snorter

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ripsnorter (ˈrɪpˌsnɔːtə)
 
n
slang a person or thing noted for intensity or excellence
 
[C19: from rip1 + snorter]
 
'ripsnorting
 
adj

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ripsnorter
"something of exceptional strength," 1840, probably from rip (v.) + snort (q.v.).
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