rip off

Definitions

General English

  • noun
    (written as rip-off)
    a bad deal
  • phrasal verb to tear something off something else

Slang

  • adjective
    (written as rip-off)
    (of goods) overpriced; (of people) grasping; and (of financial arrangements) crooked
  • noun
    (written as rip-off)
    an instance of theft, deception or unfair appropriation. It is now used in fairly mundane contexts, such as overcharging or plagiarism. The noun, like the verb, is from 1960s black argot in which it meant a robbery or a fraud.
  • verb to cheat, steal (from) or take advantage (of). A raffish black street euphemism for steal or rob, in the mid-1960s rip off passed quickly via hippy jargon into popular currency all over the English-speaking world.
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