bum rap


Also found in: Idioms.
Related to bum rap: out of whack, roughshod, rap over the knuckles, taking the rap

bum rap

n
1. a trumped-up or false charge
2. an unjust punishment
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But many nonnatives get a bum rap, says Thompson, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield in England.
Bender is correct in his assertion that the President is getting a bum rap for raising the national debt exponentially; but if we take the argument to the next step to equalize the debt increase per months in office, the following analysis evolves:
Also Euryops (shown left)--it gets a bum rap for being commonplace, but given the right conditions (including where you live), it's bulletproof.
Lee loves her town and that she is concerned about its businesses being hurt by the bum rap the town sometimes gets.
IT WAS a bum rap for a man found by police with what was believed to be cocaine and heroin stashed up his backside.
According to Washington, DC-based battery industry group PRBA lithium ion batteries have gotten a bum rap in the media following the grounding of Boeing's (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner fleet following several incidents involving defective batteries.
I think spinel has gotten a bum rap because synthetic colourless spinel was historically being used as a diamond simulant.
On Monday, former President Bill Clinton told CNN Obama was getting "a bum rap.
This, I believe, is a bum rap for authentic religion, which I would describe in a phrase as "within me, and between me and thee.
Bury Vista, roll a lucky 7 <p>Microsoft will spend less time trying to convince people that Vista is a good operating system with a bum rap and more time moving on to the slick UI enhancements and IT benefits of Windows 7.
I think they're getting a bum rap on some of the things being said about them," Lee said.