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Definition of rap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ræp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rap
    BrE BrE//ræp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræp//
     
    he / she / it raps
    BrE BrE//ræps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræps//
     
    past simple rapped
    BrE BrE//ræpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræpt//
     
    past participle rapped
    BrE BrE//ræpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræpt//
     
    -ing form rapping
    BrE BrE//ˈræpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit a hard object or surface several times quickly, making a noise (+ adv./prep.) She rapped angrily on the door. He rapped on the window with his stick. rap something (+ adv./prep.) He rapped the table with his pen.
  2. 2[transitive] rap something (out) | + speech to say something suddenly and quickly in a loud, angry way He walked through the store, rapping out orders to his staff.
  3. 3[transitive] rap somebody/something (for something/for doing something) (used mainly in newspapers) to criticize somebody severely, usually publicly Some of the teachers were rapped for poor performance.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] rap (something) (music) to say the words of a rap see also rapper
  5. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the senses ‘severe blow with a weapon’ and ‘deliver a heavy blow’): probably imitative and of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rappa ‘beat, drub’, also with the verb clap and flap.Idioms
    rap somebody on/over the knuckles, rap somebody’s knuckles
     
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    to criticize somebody for something The company was rapped over the knuckles for broadcasting the interview.
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