rap sheet


: a police arrest record especially for an individual

Examples of rap sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The driver was identified as George Alvarez, a 34-year-old with an extensive rap sheet, including prior charges of assault and driving while intoxicated, according to police. Nick Valencia, CNN, 8 May 2023 Casey White, now 40, had a lengthy rap sheet of violent crimes. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2023 Around midnight, Mazzanti called the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office in Modesto, California, where Davis’s rap sheet noted he had been charged with robbery. Time, 2 Oct. 2023 Neely was familiar to authorities from his long rap sheet and his presence on a list of the top 50 homeless New Yorkers most in need of help. wsj.com, 15 May 2023 Bob is desperate enough to bite, despite her own long rap sheet. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 22 June 2023 The cult leader had spent much of his life in prison, with a rap sheet that included burglaries, robberies and car theft. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 Manson starts the ‘60s as a grubby little inmate whose rap sheet—prison buggery aside—is a bunch of crap. Matt Thompson, Spin, 10 Sep. 2023 With all its emergency lights, radio equipment, and computer, a cop car's rap sheet of electrically demanding tools can be lengthy. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rap sheet was in 1940

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“Rap sheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rap%20sheet. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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