take the rap
To be punished or blamed, especially when innocent: “The crime boss arranged it so that his underling took the rap for the insurance scam.”
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Idioms and Phrases with take the rap
Be punished or blamed for something, as in I don't want to take the rap for Mary, who forgot to mail the check in time, or Steve is such a nice guy that he's always taking the rap for his colleagues. This slangy idiom originally used rap in the sense of “a criminal charge,” a usage still current. By the mid-1900s it was also used more broadly.