Topic: MUSIC

Sense: 1
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Perhaps from repartee
Sense: 2-7
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from the sound


1 noun


[uncountable and countable] also rap musicAPM a type of popular music in which the words of a song are not sung, but spoken in time to music with a steady beat:
a popular rap song


[countable] a series of quick sharp hits or knocks [↪ tap]:
She was woken by a sharp rap on the door.


[countable] American English informal a statement by the police saying that someone is responsible for a serious crime [= charge]
murder/robbery etc rap
The kid's been cited twice on drunk-driving raps.
rap sheet

take the rap (for something)

to be blamed or punished for a mistake or crime, especially unfairly:
Bo was left to take the rap for Victor's murder.

beat the rap

American English informal to avoid being punished for a crime

a rap on/over the knuckles

a) informal a punishment or criticism that is not very severe:
The New York Post received an official rap over the knuckles for the way it reported the story.
b) if someone gives a child a rap on the knuckles, they hit them on the back of their hand as a punishment

a bum/bad rap

especially American English informal unfair treatment or punishment:
Cleveland always gets a bum rap in the press.

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