Have you ever spent a lot of money on something and then felt that it was too much money? Then you may have felt ripped off! In this episode, we look at the differences between a rip off and to be ripped off. We also examine the expression highway robbery. We also look at the other side, when you buy something and get a deal or a bargain! That feels much better!
Expressions included in the learning materials
- A rip off
- To rip off (someone)
- Highway robbery
- To point out
- All of the sudden
- A steal
- No way
Harp: So what is a rip off?
Robin: A rip off is something that costs more than it‘s actual value.
Harp: OK, so something that is overpriced.
Robin: Something that is overpriced. So if you buy a pair of socks for $20 you’re probably getting ripped off. Harp: Yeah, if you can buy the same socks for $2, the twenty dollar socks are a rip off.
Robin: Especially if those socks have holes in them and they’re not of good quality.
Harp: Yeah for sure, then.
Harp: Should we give a dialogue explaining rip off?
Robin: Hey Harp, did you get the shoes that you were looking for?
Harp: Yeah, I got them.
Robin: Seriously, you don’t seem so happy. Were they …
Harp: I got ripped off. I paid a thousand dollars.
Robin: What? You paid a thousand dollars for those shoes?
Harp: I know I got completely ripped off.
Robin: Weren’t they on sale for seventy-five dollars?
Harp: Robin, I saw that after and I can’t return these shoes.
Harp: I got ripped off.
Robin: OK, so in that example Harp paid a lot of money for something that was worth a lot less.
Harp: Exactly I got ripped off.
Robin: Absolutely so this is a perfect example of how you might use that expression. Something can be a rip off.
Harp: Mm-hm yes.
Robin: Those shoes, because they’re not of good quality, are a rip off or you can rip somebody off.
Audio/Learning Materials: Culips