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Rip


RIP, verb transitive [Latin rapio. Eng. reap and rive; allied perhaps to the Latin crepo.]

1. To separate by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip open a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip open a sack; to rip off the shingles or clapboards of a house; to rip up a floor. We never use lacerate in these senses, but apply it to a partial tearing of the skin and flesh.

2. To take out or away by cutting or tearing.

He'll rip the fatal secret from her heart.

3. To tear up for search or disclosure or for alteration; to search to the bottom; with up.

You rip up the original of Scotland.

They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion.

4. To rip out, as an oath. [L crepo.]

RIP, noun

1. A tearing; a place torn; laceration.

2. A wicker basket to carry fish in.

3. Refuse. [Not in use or local.]