rip off v.
1. (US) to create, to make.
|Gullible’s Travels 195: If it’s as rough as I think it’s goin’ to be,’ says I, ‘you won’t feel like rippin’ off no scenarios Monday.’.‘The Water Cure’ in|
2. to take, to secure (with no implication of theft).
|On the Yard (2002) 311: ‘You think he rip off the title this time?’ ‘He rip it off. Cool Breeze got great class, plus big heart.’.|
3. (US black) to have sexual intercourse.
|Mama Black Widow 21: I’m going to rip off that creamy sonofabitch at a hotel.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 110: Nice piece of ass [...] You ripping off some of that?|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 152: A young lady rips off a dude. The dude get loaded and he’s too loaded to do anythin’. So she gets to playin’ and she make it hard [...] So she rips him off too – ’stead o’ him rippin’ her off.|
4. (US black/prison) to rape.
|On the Yard (2002) 252: If someone doesn’t stand in front of you, you’ll get your little ass killed, or someone will be ripping you off every time you try to take a shower.|
5. to steal (from).
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Mama Black Widow 223: The other conniving bastards ripped me off for every red cent.|
|Carlito’s Way 83: I ain’t got no bread. I’m here to rip off this Jorge faggot.|
|in World According to Breslin (1985) 85: ‘How does he rip them off ?’ ‘He got a gun’.|
|Fixx 152: ‘Break Me’ is his song. When we rip it off him, that goes beyond the bounds of human behaviour.|
|Filth 288: Fingers Billy, who’s [...] carrying the clipboard he always uses when he rips oaf shoaps.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 14: And they was all dead principled by the way — they’d only rip off the ‘haves’ and they’d always hand it all over to Mam.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] ‘What’s he done?’ ‘Ripped off a rep staying at the motel. Five hundred-odd bucks’.|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 121: They practically had a license from the San Diego cops to rip off drug dealers.|
|Life 337: I always heard the stories of how Freddie was ripping me off, scalping tickets and so on.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I’m not sure why you’d be so dumb as to rip off a bunch of bikies.|
|Vanity Fair 16 Mar. [Internet] That was because the chumps thought it was an inside job [...] that the Sudanese owners of the vault had ripped off their own business.|
6. (orig. US, also rip) to cheat, to defraud, esp. in drug deals.
|R].Good Housekeeping Feb. n.p.: ‘Ripping off the Establishment,’ they insist, is a political act [|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Oct. 25: Others are ripping off the tax and fiddling their expenses.|
|India Ink (1984) 42: The trishaw boys [...] control the waterfront and the big five star hotels where they good naturedly rip off tourists.‘Island of Gems’ in|
|Happy Like Murderers 282: Who was ripping off who? Who could rip off who the fastest?|
|Nature Girl 183: he had no intention of ripping Lily Shreave off.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] He ripped him off for a kilo of pure.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
|The Force [ebook] It would be good to have them along, though, in case Savino tries to rip him [...] you’re talking a lot of money and a lot of dope here, and you never know what that’s gonna do to a guy.|
7. to raid; cite 2010 refers to on-street confiscation.
|Choirboys (1976) 200: You can leave a little geez for me hidden away sometimes when you rip off a doper’s pad.|
|Alphaville (2011) 344: Rambo grabbed me! Motherfucker ripped me off [...] Nineteen large, yo!|
8. to kill, to assassinate.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Jones Men 198: It’s the killers. They just won’t rip a man off in the daylight.|
|(con. 1964–73) Bloods (1985) 58: If I just wanted to be a real nasty person, then I probably could have just ripped off South Vietnamese civilians for practice.|
9. to satirize.
|DSUE (8th edn) 979/1: earlier 1970s.|
10. to copy, to plagiarize.
|Observer Rev. 27 June 4: I’m so fucking marvellous, they’re all ripping me off.|
|Kill Your Darlings 281: Word for fucking word. I checked. 100 per cent. You ripped that poor dead bastard off.|
11. to exploit financially.
|Skin Tight 92: The girl was ripping them off.|
|Powder 51: You rip us off and we have to like you as well. Nice deal.|
|Westsiders 179: It pisses him off that the landlord lets them come here and rip him off.|
|Guardian 6 July 23/4: Tenants step up protest against ‘rip-off’ fees from letting tenants.|
12. (US black) usu. of whites, to exploit, socially or economically, to place at a disadvantage.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines xix: The pig, he try to destroy the people — beat ’em up, rip ’em off.|
|On the Stroll 115: A trick’ll rip you off, every chance he gets.|
|Guardian Media 4 Oct. 9: We give the guy his say while ripping his balls off.|
1. a thief.
|Ten Blocks from the White House 146: One Howard University student, Steve, who ran a black market in his apartment, was just such a rip-off artist.|
|Trainspotting 248: Past acquaintances were described with bitterness: ‘a rip-off merchant’.|
|Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 4: Are any celebrities safe from the sweaty clutches of the rip-off merchants?|
|Stump 50: He’s still gorrer fuckin rip-off merchant for a fuckin uncle.|
2. any form of cheat, emotional as well as material.
|Buttons 149: From now on my club was going to have nought to do with the Alternative society and its rip-off merchants.|
|Ringolevio 234: They began calling him [...] a cultural rip-off artist.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 104: Forget about seeing the rip-off merchant in Bellevue Hill.|
|Jay’s Journal 31: He’s a rip-off artist and he’s such a dumb bastard.|
|Interviews 69: Is he the new Hitchcock, the new ‘master of the macabre,’ as he’s being touted, or is he just another rip-off artist?|
(US) to seduce, to have sexual intercourse.
|‘The Love Guide’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 146: You should have seen it [i.e. his penis] when Mae and me rips off a hunk.|
|‘Amos ’n Andy’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 71: Amos and Ruby are in the bedroom prepareing [sic] to rip off a little piece.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 126: Morris bellamy had grabbed her as she passed the alley [...] and told her of his intention to ‘rip off a piece’.|