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English definition of “rip”


verb [I/T] (TEAR)   /rɪp/ (-pp-)
to tear something quickly and with force , or to break apart something: [T] I ripped my sleeve . [T] The wind ripped the flag to shreds . [M] The letter made me so angry , I ripped it up. [M] He lost control of the car and it ripped down a fence . To rip out something is to remove it: [M] The previous owner ripped out the fireplace .
(Definition of rip verb (TEAR) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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