rip off

INFORMAL

Meaning: to cheat somebody by charging them too much for something

Synonym: cheat, fleece

For example:

  • rip sb off Some phone companies rip their customers off by charging them for more calls than they really make.

  • be ripped off by sb/sth If you think you've been ripped off by a company or a manufacturer, you can go to the Consumer Protection Board.

Quick Quiz:

Paul felt he'd been ripped off when the hospital charged him a hundred dollars to stitch up a small cut on his leg. He thought they'd charged him

a. too little

b. too much

c. a fair amount

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Contributor: Matt Errey