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kahroba

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Persian
As far as I know the informal definition of "ripping" is "marvellous; excellent".
Please tell me if "ripping" in the following context, taken from "1919" by Dos Passos, also means "marvellous or excellent": The reason I'm asking is because George's behavior with his sister is insultingly rude and I wonder if he says anything complimentary.
Time: 1919
Location: Paris
He'd been in the intelligence service attached to the British and had just come down from Germany where he'd been an interpreter on General McAndrews' staff. He was going to Cambridge for the spring term and called everybody blighters or rotters and said the food at the restaurant where Eveline took him for lunch was simply ripping. After he'd left her, saying her ideas were not cricket, she burst out crying.
Or, perhaps he's just showing his English vocabulary (George is American) with words like "not cricket, blighters, rotters or ripping"?
 
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