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Meaning of ripper

rip•per

Pronunciation: (rip'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that rips.
  2. a legislative bill or act for taking powers of appointment to and removal from office away from the usual holders of these powers and conferring them unrestrictedly on a chief executive, as a governor or mayor, or on a board of officials.
  3. a double-ripper.
  4. a killer who dispatches and often mutilates victims with a knife or similar weapon.
  5. a hooklike tool, attached to earth-moving machinery, for tearing away ore, rock, etc.
  6. something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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