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(Entry 1 of 6)

1 a formal claim of criminal wrongdoing against a person
  • the headlines in the paper today are all about the mayor facing an embezzlement rap

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3 responsibility for wrongdoing or failure
  • would sooner take the rap for the missing money than tell on his friend

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Synonyms of rap (Entry 2 of 6)

friendly, informal conversation or an instance of this
  • after our pickup softball game, I had a friendly rap with a couple of the guys in the park

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Synonyms of rap (Entry 3 of 6)

the smallest amount or part imaginable
  • I don't care a rap about losing that old jacket

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Synonyms of rap (Entry 4 of 6)

1 to deliver a blow to (someone or something) usually in a strong vigorous manner
  • a childhood memory of the time he got his knuckles rapped for trying to steal candy from the corner store

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2 to strike or cause to strike lightly and usually rhythmically
  • the impatient man was rapping his knuckles on the door, hoping to wake up the sleeping attendant

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Synonyms of rap (Entry 5 of 6)

to engage in casual or rambling conversation
  • the guys at the gym never seem to tire about rapping about basketball

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Synonyms & Antonyms of rap (Entry 6 of 6)

1 to fill with overwhelming emotion (as wonder or delight)
  • concertgoers were utterly rapped by the power of Handel's oratorio

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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • suddenly the hawk swooped down and rapped the unwary rodent

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The first known use of rap was in the 14th century

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“Rap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rap. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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