Meaning of “rap” in the English Dictionary

"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)