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"rap" in British English

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rapnoun

uk   /ræp/  us   /ræp/
  • 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).

rapverb

uk   /ræp/  us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
(Definition of rap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rap" in American English

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rapverb

 us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
  • rap verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit suddenly and forcefully: [I] We heard him rap on the door. [T] She rapped the table to get everyone’s attention.
  • rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to perform the type of popular music of African-American origin that features rhythmic speaking set to a strong beat: On his new album he raps about his hard life and hard times.

rapnoun

 us   /ræp/
  • rap noun (MUSIC)

  • rap noun (ACCUSATION)

[C usually sing] slang an accusation that someone has committed a crime, or punishment for a crime
  • rap noun (REPUTATION)

[C usually sing] slang a judgment, report, or reputation: The smell of the Great Salt Lake has given it a bad rap.
(Definition of rap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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