to rip off

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - rip off

"to rip off"

to steal


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - rip off

"to rip off"

to cheat or defraud


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - rip off

"to rip off"

to copy or plagiarize


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rip off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard about Sam?  He is in jail.

Friend 2:  What happened?

Friend 1:  I guess he was desperate for money and tried to rip off a convenience store and was caught.

Friend 2:  Sam must have been desperate if he resorted to theft.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rip off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I got a invoice in the mail for renewing my website domain name.

Friend 2:  It is a fraud. Domain name providers never send paper mail. All their transactions are done over the internet.

Friend 1:  So you think someone is trying to rip me off?

Friend 2:  It is definitely a scam. Do not pay it. In fact, you should report the deceit to the proper authorities.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - rip off

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How did you do on your term paper?

Student 2:  I got an F and a threat of expulsion.

Student 1:  What did you do?

Student 2:  I borrowed some parts of a friend's paper from last year.

Student 1:  And you thought you could just rip off another paper and not get caught.

Student 2:  I paraphrased some of material so I thought I wasn't really plagiarizing.

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to rip off - Gerund Form:

Ripping off a bank is a great way to go to prison.

Ripping off consumers with mail fraud is becoming more common.

Ripping off another students essay will get you a grade of F.

to rip off - Examples:

1)  ... has set up a thriving online marketplace to help stop bamboozled Australians being ripped off on car parts at service time ...

2)  The problem is the industry is broken, we all know we are being ripped off habitually, whether it's huge mark-ups on price, work done unnecessarily or ...

3)  ... new penalty, 10 times higher than the current penalty, if they have intentionally ripped off workers.

4)  How do you do due diligence things and make sure people aren't been ripped off and put into sky-high valuations?

5)  ... they had been misled, deceived and ripped off.

6)  After a wholesale company ripped off one of their designs, they began patenting them, locking the originals in ...

7)  ... was behind an elaborate Ponzi scheme that ripped off over $300 million from investors. He was arrested in 2007.

8)  It's another example of how elderly people get ripped off by the most trusted people.

9)  ... was ripped off by a fraudster who managed to get hold of $120,000 of her money.

10)  ... sue the car dealer for auto dealer fraud and to represent consumers who have been ripped off by car dealers. 

11)  ... for the industry to professionalise and shed its often unsavoury reputation as being ready to rip off buyers.

12)  ... claimed their summer hit was a rip off of their father's 1977 tune Got to Give It Up.

13)  Seafood fraud and illegal fishing rip off consumers, hurt honest fishermen, and can impact your health.

14)  Towing companies that rip off drivers with overcharges have been the focus of ongoing Local 10 News investigations.

15)  ... students cheat, schools manipulate, and banks rip off their customers.

16)  ... there are many pharmaceutical companies purchasing the patents for life-saving drugs and then ripping off sick people. It's their business model.

17)  Insurance companies accused of ripping off drivers as premiums rocket by 20 per cent ...

18)  We won't let them get away with ripping off honest, law-abiding taxpayers.

19)  At the end of the day, people are ripping off your image and manipulating it.

20)  ... has released research that it says proves major energy retailers are ripping off South Australians, by charging them hundreds of dollars more for power than people ...