Definition of rip off in English:

rip off

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phrasal verb

informal
  • 1rip someone off, rip off someoneCheat someone, especially financially.

    • ‘she thought he was ripping her off over her royalties’
    • ‘It's not possible to get rich quick in the space of time that they're talking about, and do it without cheating or ripping somebody off.’
    • ‘I used to be furious at them because they kind of ripped us off financially too, but what can I say?’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't seek to change a booking because you will be ripped off.’
    • ‘Post-Christmas sales only prove just how much you were ripped off in the Pre-Christmas hurley-burley.’
    • ‘The rugby fans after Ireland's Triple Crown victory in Dublin were ripped off by the pubs who charged exorbitant prices for drink over the weekend.’
    • ‘The other night, a friend in my building told me that she was ripped off by the restaurant across the street.’
    • ‘It's like the corporations are saying, ‘Yeah, we're clearly ripping you off, but you have no choice but to accept it.’’
    • ‘Is your credit card company or your banker or your broker ripping you off?’
    • ‘Maybe the military purchaser doesn't know what an electrical bell costs, but the corporate contractor sure does, and that contractor is intentionally ripping us off by adding a 1400 percent markup.’
    • ‘‘The supermarkets have got to be ripping us off,’ he said.’
    • ‘Well first the Federal Government should stop ripping us off with surpluses that see spending power just disappear from the economy into their accounting books.’
    • ‘Overall, the inflation figures confirm that the Government is ripping us off.’
    • ‘Who else would go with us to stop Swiss Tony and his mates from ripping us off down at the used car showroom?’
    • ‘‘I got fed up with expensive hotels ripping me off,’ Beecham says.’
    • ‘He had an abiding distrust of people in suits since his early days in the music industry, when he took it for granted that promoters were only interested in ripping him off.’
    • ‘You also don't really sound like the bitter musician who feels like the record companies have ripped you off.’
    • ‘When we found out he had ripped us off, we couldn't believe he had done it.’
    • ‘When I was in India, a carpet salesman ripped me off.’
    • ‘They said they were going to help me but instead they ripped me off, shut down the company and sold off the products.’
    • ‘I later found that the young woman had ripped me off to the tune of £5 for the latter, crediting the card with £5 but charging me £10.’
    swindle, fleece, cheat, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull
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  • 2rip something off, rip off somethingSteal or plagiarize something.

    • ‘they have ripped off $6.7 billion’
    • ‘the film is a shameless collection of ideas ripped off from other movies’
    • ‘Look at this common blog style - should we not then say it was ripped off or stolen?’
    • ‘His ideas have been ripped off for years and years, and with increasing frequency.’
    • ‘I must confess, a lot of my style is ripped off from The Simpsons.’
    • ‘The concepts and moves are ripped off from American videos, but now she is also looking at our stuff and picking out things.’
    • ‘With intellectual property rights, I will not accept the excuse that it is too widespread or too large-scale to handle, not until China's own products are ripped off.’
    • ‘I'm not sure what Hong Kong movie this plot is ripped off from, but Quentin is involved so I'm confident it's one of them.’
    • ‘An interesting thing to note with the movie is that it is ripped off in Luc Besson's Fifth Element.’
    • ‘The idea to add the clicker was ripped off from an excellent Yankee-centric site by a writer named Cecilia Tan.’
    • ‘The team's most high-profile moment came in November, when one of their engineers was interviewed by police after Ferrari claimed their data had been ripped off to design last year's Toyota.’
    • ‘I tuned Sparky out and started worrying about what my mother was gonna say when she found out all my stuff had been ripped off.’
    • ‘The game starts when Plok notices that his favorite flag has been ripped off and taken to the neighbouring isle of Cotton Island.’
    • ‘Having higher volumes of purchased copies of Office in the home also has the effect of reducing to some extent the incidence of people ripping off copies from their business and using them at home.’
    • ‘The man ripped off her copy and put it on the box, then nodded and left the way he had come.’
    • ‘A drug-dealing student rips off a copy of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ from a friend but probably uses it as a lap tray for snorting lines.’
    • ‘He's tired of young bands ripping off sounds or relying on fashion to find an audience.’
    • ‘I'm not using these examples as a pointer to the level of their skills, this is just a statement about the sound they've shamelessly ripped off.’