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rip' cord"




1. a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.
2. a cord fastened in the bag of a passenger balloon or dirigible so that a sharp pull upon it will rip or open the bag and let the gas escape, causing the balloon to descend rapidly.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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