Pronunciation: (rip'ôf", -of"), [key]
1. an act or instance of ripping off another or others; a theft, cheat, or swindle.
2. exploitation, esp. of those who cannot prevent or counter it.
3. a copy or imitation.
4. a person who rips off another or others; thief or swindler. Also,rip'-off".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.