rap sheet


Definition of rap sheet

: a police arrest record especially for an individual

Examples of rap sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With an aggressive, anti-authoritarian musical style, the 32-year-old Hasel has a lengthy rap sheet. Washington Post, "A Spanish rapper was arrested for tweets praising terrorists and mocking royals. Then the protests began.," 23 Feb. 2021 Congressional critics of President Biden’s pick to run the Department of Homeland Security have drawn up quite a rap sheet for Alejandro Mayorkas. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "The rap sheet on Biden’s DHS pick concerns GOP," 22 Jan. 2021 During his lifetime, Collins has seen marijuana go from being a ticket to a lockup and rap sheet to a legalized over-the-counter aid that can ease pain or anxiety, or otherwise floats your boat. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Former hockey linesman Kevin Collins’s post-retirement business is growing like a weed," 18 July 2020 However, Richardson’s latest arrest isn’t the first on his rap sheet. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Mike Richardson, Super Bowl champion and former Bears star, arrested on murder charge," 1 Jan. 2021 Scott had a rap sheet that included burglary, drug possession and a slew of crimes against cops, including resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and attempting to elude police. Fox News, "Florida deputies beg suspect not to grab gun before he is shot dead," 11 Dec. 2020 Delgatti's longer rap sheet often blurred the line between pranks and petty scams. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 The Austin American-Statesman reported that Whited has a rap sheet of theft arrests that stretches back to the mid-1980s. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Former Texas public library employee charged with theft of $1.3M in printer toner," 6 Oct. 2020 Their collective rap sheet, before the kidnapping plot charges, includes things such as drunken driving, malicious destruction, assault and shoplifting, in addition to lesser brushes with the law like traffic offenses. Freep.com, "13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts," 8 May 2015

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First Known Use of rap sheet

1960, in the meaning defined above

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7 Mar 2021

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“Rap sheet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rap%20sheet. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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