bum rap

noun

informal
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
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.

Examples of bum rap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Electric cars have been getting a bum rap lately for a variety of reasons, most notably their premium prices, cold-weather battery range and the unfortunate state of public charging. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Make the Freezer Your Friend Frozen food has gotten a bum rap, but all frozen food need not be equated only with TV Dinners and petrified pizza. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 5 June 2023

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“Bum rap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bum%20rap. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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