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rip cord

noun

: a cord or wire that is pulled to open a parachute

Full Definition of RIP CORD

1
:  a cord by which the gasbag of a balloon may be ripped open for a limited distance to release the gas quickly and so cause immediate descent
2
:  a cord or wire pulled in making a descent to release a parachute out of its container

First Known Use of RIP CORD

1907

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