rap sheet

noun

Definition of rap sheet

: a police arrest record especially for an individual

Examples of rap sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 40-year-old, who has a long rap sheet, was driven back to the jail following the appointment and was released from the facility the following day. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "How Some Sheriffs Force Their Inmates Into Medical Debt," 26 Dec. 2019 The 40-year-old, who has a long rap sheet, was driven back to the jail following the appointment and was released from the facility the following day. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "How some Alabama sheriffs force inmates into medical debt," 26 Dec. 2019 Solis, who has an extensive rap sheet, was charged with capital murder of a police officer in Brewster’s death after allegedly confessing to killing the sergeant. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police radio traffic captures fallen HPD sergeant’s last moments," 9 Dec. 2019 Then again, the Patriots' past rap sheet means football fans outside New England don't give them the benefit of the doubt. 1. Arnie Stapleton, chicagotribune.com, "New England Patriots go from very back luck to very bad look," 10 Dec. 2019 Police said Moore has a rap sheet with convictions for assault, robbery and weapon possession. Fox News, "Video shows St. Louis bar patron calmly lighting cigarette during armed stick-up," 1 Sep. 2019 His rap sheet included serving time for weapons charges and threatening to kill a live-in girlfriend. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "How 2 Drifters Brought Anti-Semitic Terror to Jersey City," 15 Dec. 2019 According to online court records, Smith has a lengthy rap sheet of past convictions for crimes such as robbery and theft. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "New DNA evidence helps lead to arrest of Louisville man in 29-year-old rape case," 7 Dec. 2019 Coming into the 2017 draft, Dalvin Cook was considered off-limits by many NFL teams, deterred by a rap sheet compiled during his teen years. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Vikings need three wins to make playoffs," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rap sheet

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Rap sheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rap%20sheet. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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rap sheet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rap sheet

US, informal : a list kept by the police of all the times a person has been arrested

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