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Ripper

[RIP-ər]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, mid-19th century

1.

(Australian) A thing that is particularly admirable or excellent.

2.

A tool that is used to tear or break something.

Examples of Ripper in a sentence

"Look at that ripper riding the waves!"

"I need a seam ripper to fix these stitches."

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About Ripper

There's the cheeky bit of slang, but ripper can also be quite practical. It's a tool used to rip, break, or tear something. Any good sewer will have a seam ripper in their kit.

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As a bit of Australian English slang, ripper means someone particularly skilled, perhaps in surfing. Other words of "strine" — Australian slang — include mate, no worries, arvo, and fair dinkum.

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