rip·​per | \ ˈri-pər How to pronounce ripper (audio) \

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

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Examples of ripper in a Sentence

the comedian's last routine was a real ripper, leaving the audience in those proverbial stitches
Recent Examples on the Web Kit comes with 14 large thread spools, 4 specialty thread spools, 12 threaded bobbins, 12 empty bobbins, a small pair of scissors, pins, buttons, needle threaders, a seam ripper, and a mini pin cushion. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Sewing kits perfect for home, travel, and gift-giving," 1 Oct. 2020 The kit comes with a good variety of basics including needles, threads, scissors, buttons, a thimble, a needle threader, and a seam ripper. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Sewing kits perfect for home, travel, and gift-giving," 1 Oct. 2020 Cut the handles off your NWPP sheets or use a seam ripper to take them out. Alden Wicker, Popular Science, "Make your own face mask—no sewing machine required," 2 Apr. 2020 The resulting book reads like a bodice-ripper romance crossed with Judith Krantz, with plenty of feminist and multicultural seasoning thrown in to update the mix. Tina Jordan, New York Times, "50 States, 50 Love Stories," 14 Feb. 2020 Rask surrendered an Ovechkin ripper from the slot that no goalie would have stopped., "Bruins celebrate 7-3 victory over Capitals - The Boston Globe," 24 Dec. 2019 The surprise play George pulled off earlier this month was certified by a court, designed by a seam ripper, needle and thread, and executed by number 76, himself. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Man on stepson's surprise move to change name on jersey: "It took my voice away"," 18 Oct. 2019 But there was never a face-ripper of a crash over this entire period. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes, The Market Will Eventually Crash. Here’s How to Be Ready For the Next One," 6 Sep. 2019 Her 8-month-old daughter is perhaps the youngest artist in the room, and an expert paper ripper. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "‘The future is creativity’: Children’s book author Hervé Tullet nurtures kids’ imaginations at ICA LA," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of ripper

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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