Rip off – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To rip off somebody (or rip somebody off) is to make them pay too much money for something.

Informal English.

Examples of use:

a) The travel company ripped us off. The cottage we booked for our holiday was a wreck.

b) Don’t buy a used car from him – he will rip you off.

c) Our elderly neighbour was ripped off by a builder.

d) News headline: Phone providers ‘rip off customers’.

2. To rip off something is to steal it.

Example of use:

a) Our car was ripped off while we were shopping.

b) Someone at this party ripped off my new leather coat!

infinitive rip off
present simple rip off and rips off
-ing form ripping off
past simple ripped off
past participle ripped off

rip-off (noun) something that is overpriced.

Examples of use:

a) Credit card interest charges are a rip-off.

b) This hotel is a rip-off.

rip-off (noun) an illegal or poor-quality imitation or copy. Informal English.

Example of use:

Your jacket is a Ralph Lauren rip-off.

rip-off (noun) an act of stealing.

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