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rap

noun uk   /ræp/ us  

rap noun (MUSIC)

A2 [U] a type of popular music with a strong rhythm in which the words are spoken, not sung: a rap artist/star

rap noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C or U] mainly US slang a statement accusing someone of a crime, or the punishment that someone is given for a crime: He always said he was jailed on a bum rap (= false accusation). The police caught him, but somehow he managed to beat the rap (= escape punishment). I'm not going to take the rap for you (= be punished for something you did).

rap noun (JUDGMENT)

[C] US slang a judgment or a reaction: The new show got a bum/bad rap (= was severely criticized) in all the papers.

rap noun (HIT)

[C] a sudden short noise, especially one made by hitting a hard surface: There was a series of raps on the window.

rap

verb uk   /ræp/ (-pp-) us  

rap verb (HIT)

[I or T] to hit or say something suddenly and forcefully: She rapped (on) the table to get everyone's attention. The colonel rapped (out) an order to his men. [T] to criticize someone, especially officially: The headline read "Judge raps police".

rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to perform rap
Translations of “rap”
in Korean 랩 음악…
in Arabic موسيقى الرّاب…
in French coup sec…
in Turkish bir ritim eşliğinde sözcüklerin söylenmesiyle yapılan müzik, vuruş, darbe…
in Italian musica rap…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, 說唱樂…
in Russian рэп, легкий удар, негромкий стук…
in Polish rap, stukanie…
in Spanish golpe seco, Rap…
in Portuguese rap…
in German das Klopfen…
in Catalan rap…
in Japanese ラップ音楽…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, 说唱乐…
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