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February 11, 2012 - Word of the Day: rip


The word "rip" is used when something is damaged or torn:

ripped picture ripped tickets
Someone ripped this picture.
The usher ripped the tickets.
  • I ripped my shirt.
  • If you aren't careful you'll rip your jacket.
  • There's a rip in my pants. (This sentence uses "rip" as a noun.)
  • David ripped up his test when he got it back from the teacher.
  • The owner of the building angrily ripped down some flyers that were posted on the wall. (A "flyer" is an announcement, information, or something that promotes a personal interest.)
  • Sam quickly ripped off his shirt and dove into the water. (rip off = take off clothes)

You can also use "rip" in some slang:

strong Bruce looks strong.

He's totally ripped.

  • Bruce looks really ripped. He's been working out. (To be ripped, is to have a lot of muscles or have a strong physique.)
  • Donna ripped into her boyfriend because he was late picking her up. (rip into = express anger or criticize)

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