Definition of bum rap in English:

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bum rap

Pronunciation: /ˌbəm ˈrap/


[in singular] informal, chiefly North American
1A false charge, typically one leading to imprisonment: he’s been handed a bum rap for handling stolen goods
More example sentences
  • I knew they were getting a bum rap, but they had no defenders that day.
  • Lay, Skilling, and Fastow, as well as the folks at Andersen, have gotten a bum rap.
  • Speaking of bum rap, the Seminole County judge, they ranted to recuse her.
1.1An unfair punishment or scolding.
Example sentences
  • Now, why does it get - I hate to get off on this tangent - but just why does Scientology get bum raps so much?
  • He's taken nothing but bum raps on every decision he's made about Vietnam.
  • You know, it's a great way to communicate, especially instrumental music, which gets a bum rap.

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