Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) sth that is more expensive than it should be, very expensive
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    • those shoes are a rip-off, that handbag/meal is/was a rip-off
  • Analysis
    A 'rip-off' is a noun describing an object that is overpriced or unfairly expensive. "Paying $5.50 for a simple cup of coffee is a rip-off. This expression is quite informal and more likely to be used in social situations. You can also use 'rip off' as a phrasal verb, meaning to overcharge or make someone pay a lot for something.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I paid €12 for a hamburger last night - that is a rip-off!
    2. I don't believe in paying more for designer goods. They are a rip-off.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We have been overcharged several times for your services. I'm beginning to think you are ripping us off.
    2. The salesman tried to convince us that paying for several different software subscriptions is a rip off and that we could save money by packing them together.
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2) an imitation (usu. a bad one)
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    • a rip-off of a famous brand, rip-off handbag/sunglasses/watch
  • Analysis
    A rip-off can refer to a poor imitation or something such as a fake designer handbag for example. "The new line of clothes by the retail store is a rip-off of looks made popular on the catwalk." This expression is quite informal and more likely to be used in social situations.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Your sunglasses are just a rip-off of my Gucci ones, but they look exactly the same.
    2. Rip-off beauty products can often contain dangerous ingredients. Real brands are safe to use.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We were forced to hire a detective when we discovered our product had convincing rip-offs that were found for sale on the street.
    2. Many discount rip offs of your favourite cult beauty products exist on the market, but can our viewers tell the difference?
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