|—vb (foll by into) , rips, ripping, ripped|
|1.||to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent|
|3.||informal (intr) to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong|
|4.||informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)|
|5.||(tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain|
|6.||informal (tr) computing to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment|
|7.||let rip to act or speak without restraint|
|8.||the place where something is torn; a tear or split|
|9.||short for ripsaw|
|[C15: perhaps from Flemish rippen; compare Middle Dutch rippen to pull]|
|requiescat or requiescant in pace|
|[Latin: may he, she, or they rest in peace]|
|1.||(tr) to tear violently or roughly (from)|
|2.||slang (adverb) to steal from or cheat (someone)|
|3.||slang an article or articles stolen|
|4.||slang a grossly overpriced article|
|5.||slang the act of stealing or cheating|
Steal, as in They fired him when they caught him ripping off some of the merchandise.
Cheat, defraud, as in These advertising claims have ripped off a great many consumers.
Copy, plagiarize, as in He was sued for ripping off someone else's thesis. All three usages are slang from the second half of the 1900s.