rip off

rip off
verb
deprive somebody of something by deceit
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The con-man beat me out of $50

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This salesman ripped us off!

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we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme

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They chiseled me out of my money

Syn: ↑cheat, ↑chisel
Derivationally related forms: ↑chiseler (for: ↑chisel), ↑chiseller (for: ↑chisel), ↑rip-off, ↑cheat (for: ↑cheat), ↑cheater (for: ↑cheat), ↑cheating (for: ↑cheat)
Hypernyms: ↑victimize, ↑victimise
Hyponyms:
gazump, ↑cozen, ↑overcharge, ↑soak, ↑surcharge, ↑fleece, ↑plume, ↑pluck, ↑rob, ↑hook, ↑victimize, ↑swindle, ↑rook, ↑goldbrick, ↑nobble, ↑diddle, ↑bunco, ↑defraud, ↑scam, ↑mulct, ↑gyp, ↑gip, ↑hornswoggle, ↑short-change, ↑con, ↑bilk, ↑beat, ↑bunk, ↑whipsaw, ↑welsh, ↑welch, ↑juggle, ↑beguile, ↑hoodwink
Entailment: ↑deceive, ↑lead on, ↑delude, ↑cozen
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody of something

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rip off [phrasal verb]
informal
1 rip (someone) off or rip off (someone) : to steal from or cheat (someone)

Hundreds of people were ripped off in a scam involving two people who claimed to be collecting money for disaster victims.

The store had been ripping customers off for years.

I wasn't trying to rip you off. I thought $50 was a fair price.

2 rip (something) off or rip off (something)
2 a : to steal (something)

The organization's treasurer ripped off almost $6,000 before being caught.

Somebody ripped off [=stole] all our equipment. = All our equipment got ripped off. [=stolen]

2 b disapproving : to copy or imitate (something) improperly : to make something that is too much like (something made by someone else)

The film has done well, but its makers have been accused of ripping off another movie made 30 years ago.

— see also rip-off
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Main Entry:rip

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