to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow:
He rapped the door with his cane.
to utter sharply or vigorously:
to rap out a command.
(of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out).
Slang. to criticize sharply:
Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.
Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
Metallurgy. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.
to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise:
to rap on a door.
Slang. to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.
a quick, smart, or light blow:
a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.
the sound produced by such a blow:
They heard a loud rap at the door.
Slang. blame or punishment, especially for a crime.
Slang. a criminal charge:
a murder rap.
Slang. response, reception, or judgment:
The product has been getting a very bad rap.
a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel:
a high-pressure sales 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.
the least bit:
I don’t care a rap.
a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.
to carry off; transport.
to transport with rapture.
to seize for oneself; snatch.
Awarded $3.8 million in his civil case, King opened a rap label, but it folded a few years later.
Rodney King’s Legacy Allison Samuels April 24, 2012
A second rap, from liberals, is that he thinks of party before country.
McConnell’s Ridiculous Debt Fix Michael Tomasky July 13, 2011
When Veda kills Mildred’s husband in a jealous rage, she pleads with her mother to take the rap.
Hollywood’s Bad Mother Obsession Stephen Farber December 28, 2010
Targeted to: Southern rap fans, bedroom producers, T.I. Grade: A- Pants: Denim shorts, near waist.
The Best “Pants on the Ground” Covers The Daily Beast Video January 17, 2010
I wrote two books about Raylan before the series [Riding the rap and Pronto].
The Elmore Leonard Interview Allen Barra April 8, 2012
Judy, crawling on all fours toward the closet, was about to conceal herself behind protecting skirts, when the rap was repeated.
Molly Brown’s Freshman Days Nell Speed
I had to rap a second time before Molly Wemple appeared to let me in.
In the Valley Harold Frederic
He didn’t care a rap what people said, and every single year he proposed to me, always on New Year’s Day.
Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
There are some consecrated reputations which I wouldn’t give a rap for.
His Masterpiece Emile Zola
Nearer and nearer they came, till she heard a rap like that of a great sword against her door.
The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
verb raps, rapping, rapped
to strike (a fist, stick, etc) against (something) with a sharp quick blow; knock: he rapped at the door
(intransitive) to make a sharp loud sound, esp by knocking
(transitive) to rebuke or criticize sharply
(transitive) foll by out. to put (forth) in sharp rapid speech; utter in an abrupt fashion: to rap out orders
(intransitive) (slang) to talk, esp volubly
(intransitive) to perform a rhythmic monologue with a musical backing
rap over the knuckles, to reprimand
a sharp quick blow or the sound produced by such a blow
a sharp rebuke or criticism
(slang) voluble talk; chatter: stop your rap
a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
(as modifier): rap music
(slang) a legal charge or case
(US & Canadian, slang) beat the rap, to escape punishment or be acquitted of a crime
(slang) take the rap, to suffer the consequences of a mistake, misdeed, or crime, whether guilty or not
(used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)
(Austral, informal) a variant spelling of wrap (sense 8), wrap (sense 14)
c.1300, “a quick, light blow, stroke,” also “a fart” (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp “light blow”); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning “rebuke, blame, responsibility” is from 1777; specific meaning “criminal indictment” (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning “music with improvised words” first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., “strike, smite, knock,” from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone’s) knuckles “give light punishment” is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
“talk informally, chat,” 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning “say, utter” (1879), originally “to utter a sudden oath” (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning “to perform rap music” is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
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.)
A rebuke; blame; responsibility; knock: Who’ll take the rap for this? (1777+)
Arrest, indictment, or arraignment for a crime: Gangs with influence can beat about 90 percent of their ”raps” (1903+)
An official complaint or reprimand: Honest cops will often take a ”rap” or complaint rather than testify against a fellow cop (1928+)
beat the rap, take the rap
Informal talk; candid conversation and communion (1929+)
rap song (1970s+ Black)
To converse; chat and exchange views, esp in a very candid way: drugs, youth cult, ecstasy questing, rapping (1929+)
To chant a rap song (1970s+ Black)
[origin unknown; perhaps related to repartee, perhaps to rapport, perhaps to rapid]
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(in Dante’s Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) a symbolic figure developed from the person whom Dante first saw as a child and loved as an ideal of womanhood. a city in SE Nebraska. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”. Contemporary Examples “I was on stage and he walked […]
- Beat someone at his or her own game
Surpass someone in his or her own specialty or undertaking. For example, Jean knew that if she matched the new store’s discount she would keep all her customers and beat the new competitors at their own game. The use of game for any kind of undertaking or scheme dates from the mid-1200s.
- Beat someone in
beat someone in verb phrase To initiate someone into a gang by assaulting them: ”When you’re getting ‘beat in’ or ‘quoted’ ”, one female ”G” explained (1990s+ Street gang)
- Beat someone out
beat someone out verb phrase To surpass or best someone, esp by a narrow margin: She just beat me out for the job, probably because she had more schooling (1840s+)