Where Does The Phrase 'Ripped Off' Come From?

27 September 2018, 11:01

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What is the origin of the phrase 'ripped off'?

Question:

What is the origin of the phrase ‘ripped off’?

Jack, Worcester Park

Answer:

Name: Erik, New Malden

Qualifications: Studied etymology at Penn State

Answer: ‘Rip’ has been used as prison slang for 'Steal' since 1900s America and so 'ripped off' essentially evolved from that and was used as slang to mean 'stolen from'.

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