bum rap

Definition of bum rap


  1. 1 US :  an unfair claim that someone has committed a crime or done something wrong The defendant was sent to jail on a bum rap.

  2. 2 chiefly US :  a criticism or bad opinion that is not deserved or fair The teenagers say they've all gotten a bum rap because one person damaged some property. She thinks motorboats get a bum rap from environmentalists. He was given a bum rap by reviewers.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  buttocks

  1. :  of poor quality or nature

    :  not valid or deserved

    :  not pleasant or enjoyable

  1. :  loaf

    :  to obtain by asking or begging :  cadge

  1. :  one who sponges (see 2sponge 2) off others and avoids work

    :  one who performs a function poorly

    :  one whose time is devoted to a recreational activity

  1. :  a drinking spree :  bender

  1. :  disappoint, depress

  1. :  a sharp blow or knock

    :  a sharp rebuke or criticism

    :  the responsibility for or adverse consequences of an action

  1. :  to strike with a sharp blow

    :  to utter suddenly and forcibly

    :  to cause to be or come by raps

  1. :  to snatch away or upward

    :  enrapture

  1. :  a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) :  the least bit

  1. :  to talk freely and frankly

    :  to perform rap music

  1. :  talk, conversation

    :  a line of talk :  patter

    :  a rhythmic chanting often in unison of usually rhymed couplets to a musical accompaniment

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