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  Dictionary Definition of rip

may he or she (or they) rest in peace.
[L requiescat (or requiescant ) in pace ]
rip [1]
verb ( ripped, ripping )

-- verb (t)
1. to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner; slash; slit.
2. to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner.
3. to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
4. Also, rip up. to scarify or scratch (the soil) without turning it over.
-- verb (i)
5. to become torn apart or split open.
6. Colloquial to move along with violence or great speed.
-- noun
7. a rent made by ripping; a tear.
-- phrase
8. let it rip ; let her rip, to allow an engine, etc., to go as fast as possible by ceasing to check or control its speed.
9. let rip, a. to give free rein to anger, passion, etc. b. to utter oaths; swear.
10. rip into, Colloquial a. to begin rapidly, eagerly: let's rip into the housework. b. to scold; abuse: she ripped into me for losing her book.
11. rip off, a. to tear off violently. b. Colloquial to overcharge; swindle.
12. rip out, a. to remove forcibly or violently; wrench. b. to utter angrily; shout.
[late ME; c. Fris. rippe, Flem. rippen rip; akin to d. E ripple, verb, scratch]