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rap1

rap1

 
pronunciation:
raep
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
beat the rap, take the rap
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: rapped, rapping, raps
definition 1: to hit (something) with a rapid, hard stroke; strike.
She rapped the door three times.
synonyms:
hit, knock
similar words:
box, strike, tap, thwack, whack
definition 2: to cause (something) to hit on or against something else with a rapid, hard stroke.
He rapped the book against the table.She rapped her knuckles nervously on the desktop.
synonyms:
thwack, whack
similar words:
hit, knock, tap
definition 3: to express sharply or with vehemence (sometimes fol. by out).
She rapped out her criticisms one by one.
similar words:
blurt, ejaculate, exclaim, snap, vociferate
definition 4: to lay blame on; criticize.
synonyms:
criticize, rebuke
similar words:
bash, blame, chastise, rag, upbraid
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to strike something with a quick, hard blow; knock.
I heard somebody rapping at the door.
synonyms:
knock, strike
similar words:
bang, hit, tap, whack
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a quick blow; knock.
She gave him a rap on the head with her book.
synonyms:
bang, blow, knock, tap
definition 2: the sound made by a quick blow on a hard surface; tap.
We were awakened by a rap on the door.
synonyms:
tap, whack
definition 3: (slang) blame or punishment, esp. a prison sentence.
Three years in prison isn't a bad rap for what he did.
synonyms:
punishment
definition 4: (slang) a negative aspersion or characterization.
He's really a good teacher, but he gets a bad rap among students because he gives a lot of homework.
synonyms:
dirt
similar words:
lick
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phrase: beat the rap
phrase: take the rap