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English definition of “rap”

rap

noun [C or U] (PUNISHMENT)    /ræp/ 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).Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of rap noun (PUNISHMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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