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[ rap ]
/ ræp /
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verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.
verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.
noun
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Idioms about rap

    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

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First recorded in 1300–50; 1960–65 for def. 8; Middle English verb rappen; akin to Swedish rappa “to beat, drub,” German rappeln “to rattle”; the senses “to talk” and “conversation, talk” are perhaps of distinct origin, though the hypothesis that these meanings are a shortening of repartee is questionable

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rap

1. rap , wrap2. rapped , rapt, wrapped

Other definitions for rap (2 of 3)

rap2
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

noun
the least bit; the smallest amount; jot; iota: I don't care a rap.
a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.

Origin of rap

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First recorded in 1715–25; origin uncertain

Other definitions for rap (3 of 3)

rap3
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping.Archaic.
to carry off; transport.
to transport with rapture.
to seize for oneself; snatch.

Origin of rap

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First recorded in 1520–30; back formation from rapt
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British Dictionary definitions for rap (1 of 3)

rap1
/ (ræp) /

verb raps, rapping or rapped
noun

Derived forms of rap

rapping, noun

Word Origin for rap

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

British Dictionary definitions for rap (2 of 3)

rap2
/ (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 rap (3 of 3)

rap3
/ (ræp) /

verb, noun
Australian informal a variant spelling of wrap (def. 8), wrap (def. 14)
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Cultural definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with rap

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