rapped, rapping


rapped, rapping
verb
1 HIT (I, T) to hit or knock something quickly and lightly: She rapped the table with her pen and called for silence.
(+ at/on): rapping loudly on the door
2 SAY also rap out (T) to say something loudly, suddenly, and in a way that sounds angry: Captain Blake rapped out an order.
3 CRITICIZE (T) a word meaning to criticize someone angrily used in newspapers: a film rapped by critics for its excessive violence
4 MUSIC (I) to say the words of a rap 2 (2)
5 CONVERSATION (I) old-fashioned to talk in an informal way to friends; chat
6 rap sb over the knuckles to criticize someone, often officially, for something they have done wrong: schools rapped over the knuckles for their failure to improve examination results
2 noun
1 KNOCK (C) a quick light hit or knock: We heard a sharp rap on the door.
2 MUSIC (C, U) 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
3 CRIME AmE informal
a) a statement by the state that someone is responsible for a serious crime; charge 1 (4): murder rap/drunk driving rap: He's in police custody facing a murder rap.
b) time spent in prison as punishment for a crime: beat the rap (=escape punishment)
4 take the rap (for sth) to be blamed or punished for a mistake or crime, especially unfairly: It didn't worry him that someone else would have to take the rap for his greed.
5 CRITICISM a rap on/over the knuckles informal strong criticism for something you have done wrong: The New York Post received an official rap over the knuckles for the way it reported the story.
6 NOT FAIR a bum rap AmE slang unfair treatment or punishment

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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