- The definition of a rip off is a product that is not worth the cost or a scam that you fall victim to that causes you to pay more than something is worth.
- An example of a rip off is a cheap purse that falls apart in a day.
- An example of a rip off is when someone promises to sell you an item, takes your money and never comes with the item.
- To rip off is to cheat or steal from someone.
An example of rip off is when you ask someone for money for a product that you will buy them, take the money and never deliver.
- the act or an instance of stealing, cheating, exploiting, misrepresenting, etc.
- a product that is overpriced, esp. one that is inferior or an imitation
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- A product or service that is overpriced or of poor quality.
- Something, such as a film or story, that is clearly imitative of or based on something else.
- A theft.
- An act of exploitation.
rip-off - Phrases/Idioms
Steal, as in They fired him when they caught him ripping off some of the merchandise.
Cheat, defraud, as in These advertising claims have ripped off a great many consumers.
Copy, plagiarize, as in He was sued for ripping off someone else's thesis. All three usages are slang from the second half of the 1900s.