ripper

noun rip·per \ ˈri-pər \

Definition of ripper

1 : one that rips; especially : a machine used to break up solid material (such as rock or ore)
2 : an excellent example or instance of its kind

Examples of ripper in a Sentence

  1. the comedian's last routine was a real ripper, leaving the audience in those proverbial stitches

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1611

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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