a rip-off

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - a rip-off

"a rip-off"

something that is not worth as much money as you have to pay for it


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - a rip-off

"a rip-off"

a copy or reproduction (usually illegal)


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a rip-off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you happy with your new electric pencil sharpener?

Colleague 2:  It was a rip-off.

Colleague 1:  Why? What happened?

Colleague 2:  I paid good money for it and after three days, it quit working.

Colleague 1:  Sounds like you got cheated.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a rip-off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Hey. Nice new smartphone you've got there. You must have paid a lot of money for it.

Friend 2:  I know it looks like the expensive one but is is just a rip-off of the popular smartphone.

Friend 1:  How much did you pay for it? The "real" one costs around three hundred dollars.

Friend 2:  I only paid a hundred dollars.

Friend 1:  Definitely not the original brand but a cheap imitation.

a rip-off - Usage:


a rip-off - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a rip-off.

a rip-off - Examples:

1)  Instagram released its Stories feature earlier this month -- which is basically a rip-off of Snapchat Stories.

2)  ... but after that it costs $20 per date. Seems a bit of a rip-off when apps like Tinder and Happn are free.

3)  It doesn't feel like a cheat or a rip-off. But there is nothing here really that makes you want to go back and ...

4)  I mean why I would download an Indian dating app that is a rip-off of 3 international and successful apps, when the international apps work better?

5)  ... the motor car mechanic charge prices and fees that are exorbitant, a rip-off, a heist, a daylight robbery.

6)  We think they're prohibitive, they're a rip-off, they're an upfront fee which is really hard, especially when tenants are ...

7)  The film's final battle also feels very much like a rip-off of the Battle for New York at the end of the first Avengers movie.

8)  I maintain my stance. Subscription-based services are a rip-off and I will not support any of them.

9)  all accepted that his business had been legitimate and he was "not a rip-off merchant".

10)  For it's brilliance in ventilation, the design is a rip-off of the Adelaide Oval and Lord's, with the roofs resembling the former and ...

11)  This suggests that high-SPF sunscreens might be a bit of a rip-off.

12)  Although "Club Levels" can often feel like a rip-off, the hotel's is worth the roughly $100 splurge.

13)  This will give oxygen to the view that Irish bank interest rates are a rip-off.

14)  ... and that was just waiting in the Emergency Dept. What a rip-off! They shouldn't be charging at all. Taking advantage of the sick and ...

15)  The so-called constituency projects constitute a distortion on the budgetary process and a rip-off of the tax-payer.

16)  ... used to push the merits of emergency boiler insurance cover. It is not a rip-off but it is usually a waste of money.

17)  Extended warranties are twice as much of a rip-off as gift cards. They are a mug's game.

18)  Turkish music lovers sensationally claimed one of the tracks on her latest album is a rip-off of a song by an iconic Kurdish musician.

19)  ... unsuccessfully launched a legal action for copyright infringement by a rip-off of his show in New Zealand.

20)  Are Big Oil's margins a rip-off, as Robyn Allan claims? Different economists have different views on that.