Definition of bum rap in English:

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[in singular] informal , chiefly North American
  • 1A false charge, typically one leading to imprisonment.
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    • 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 judgement on someone or something: the industry often gets a bum rap for being dishonest
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    • 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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