- 1[countable] a quick sharp hit or knock There was a sharp rap on the door.
- 2[uncountable] a type of popular music with a fast strong rhythm and words that are spoken fast, not sung a rap song/artist
- 3[countable] a rap song
- 4 [countable] (informal) a criminal conviction (= the fact of being found guilty of a crime)
- 5 [singular] (informal) an unfair judgment on something or someone He denounced the criticisms as “just one bum rap after another.” Wolves get a bad rap, says a woman who owns three. Idioms
to escape without being punished
beat the rap (slang)jump to other results
(to give somebody/receive) gentle criticism for something We got a rap over the knuckles for being late.
(give somebody/get) a rap on/over/across the knuckles (informal)jump to other results
to be blamed or punished, especially for something you have not done synonym take the blame She was prepared to take the rap for the shoplifting, though it had been her sister's idea.
take the rap (for somebody/something) (informal)jump to other results