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  1. A bad deal; an unfair or exorbitant price or rate.
  2. A theft or robbery.
  3. A scam.
  4. A copy, especially one that is illegal or inferior.

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A ripoff (or rip-off) is a bad deal. Usually it refers to an incident in which a person pays too much for something. A ripoff is distinguished from a scam in that a scam involves wrongdoing such as fraud; a ripoff, on the other hand, is in the eye of the beholder.

In a related meaning, a ripoff is a blatant or unscrupulous copy or imitation. This is also known as a knockoff. In both senses there is an associated verb "to rip off", but the location of the preposition differs between the two meanings:

In one of his stand up comedy routines, Dennis Miller jokes about seeing an ad in the National Inquirer: "Learn how to avoid ripoffs - send $5."

In South Africa 'ripping off' can be making a joke of something that a person does on a regular basis.

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