rapping


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rap 1

 (răp)
v. rapped, rap·ping, raps
v.tr.
1. To hit sharply and swiftly; strike: rapped the table with his fist.
2. To utter sharply: rap out a complaint.
3. To criticize or blame.
v.intr.
To strike a quick light blow: rapped on the door.
n.
1. A quick light blow or knock.
2. A knocking or tapping sound.
3. Slang
a. A reprimand.
b. A sentence to serve time in prison.
4. Slang A negative quality or characteristic associated with a person or an object.
Idioms:
beat the rap Slang
To escape punishment or be acquitted of a charge.
take the rap Slang
To accept punishment or take the blame for an offense or error.

[Middle English rappen, possibly of imitative origin.]

rap 2

 (răp)
n. Informal
The least bit: I don't give a rap about office politics. I don't care a rap what you do.

[From obsolete rap, 18th-century Irish counterfeit halfpenny, from Irish Gaelic, alteration (possibly influenced by rap, piece, bit) of ropaire, cutthroat; see rapparee.]

rap 3

 (răp)
n.
1. Slang A talk, conversation, or discussion.
2.
a. A form of popular music developed especially in African-American urban communities and characterized by spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics with a strong rhythmic accompaniment.
b. A composition or performance of such music.
v. rapped, rap·ping, raps
v.intr.
1. Slang To discuss something freely and at length.
2. To perform rap music.
v.tr.
To perform as rap music: lyrics that were rapped; rapped the chorus of the song.

[Possibly from rap.]
Translations

rapping

[ˈræpɪŋ] N
1. (= knocking) → golpecitos mpl, golpes mpl secos; (at door) → llamadas fpl, aldabadas fpl
2. (Mus) → rap m

rapping

n
Klopfen nt
(Mus) → Rappen nt
References in classic literature ?
It sounds like a loud rapping at the door"--(replied my Mother.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
But Collins, knowing ahead of the lion what the lion was going to do, struck first, with the broom-handle rapping the beast on its tender nose.
Even the Cock-lane ghost had been laid only a round dozen of years, after rapping out its messages, as the spirits of this very year last past(supernaturally deficient in originality) rapped out theirs.
said Mr Dennis, playfully rapping the knuckles of the hand nearest him.
cried she, with her finest contralto voice, and rapping at the window.