bum rap

noun

Definition of bum rap

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.

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“Bum rap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bum%20rap. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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