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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rip (A).
He’s a regular rip. A rip of a fellow. A precious rip. Applied to children, means one who rips or tears his clothes by boisterous play, carelessness, or indifference. Anglo-Saxon ryp[an], to spoil, to tear, to break in pieces.   1
   He is a sad rip. A sad rake or debauchee; seems to be a perversion of rep, as in demirep, meaning rep, i.e. rep-robate.   2
        “Some forlorn, worn-out old rips, broken-kneed and broken-winded.”—Du Maurier: Peter Ibbetson, part vi. p. 376.



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