rap

1
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.

verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.

noun

Idioms

    beat the rap, Slang. to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.
    take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.

Origin of rap

1
1300–50; 1960–65 for def 8; Middle English rappen (v.), rap(p)e (noun); akin to Swedish rappa to beat, drub, German rappeln to rattle; senses “to talk,” “conversation, talk” perhaps of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of repartee is questionable
Can be confusedrap wraprapped rapt wrapped
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British Dictionary definitions for beat the rap (1 of 3)

rap

1
/ (ræp) /

verb raps, rapping or rapped

noun

Derived Formsrapping, noun

Word Origin for rap

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish rappa to beat

British Dictionary definitions for beat the rap (2 of 3)

rap

2
/ (ræp) /

noun

(used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)

Word Origin for rap

C18: probably from ropaire counterfeit coin formerly current in Ireland

British Dictionary definitions for beat the rap (3 of 3)

rap

3
/ (ræp) /

verb, noun

Australian informal a variant spelling of wrap (def. 8), wrap (def. 14)
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Culture definitions for beat the rap

rap


A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)

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Idioms and Phrases with beat the rap (1 of 2)

beat the rap


Escape punishment; win acquittal. For example, The youngsters were caught shoplifting, but somehow they were able to beat the rap. The rap in this idiom means “the legal charge against one.” [Slang; 1920s]

Idioms and Phrases with beat the rap (2 of 2)

rap


In addition to the idiom beginning with rap

  • rap someone's knuckles

also see:

  • beat the rap
  • bum rap
  • not give a damn (rap)
  • take the rap
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