- 1A bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used especially in tennis, badminton, and squash: a squash racketMore example sentences
- Anyway, I can't just go to some tennis court with my racquet and balls, I need someone to play with and that's why I need a club.
- Unlike, say, a tennis racket or cricket bat, a snooker cue is thought irreplaceable by its owner.
- He looks down at his tennis racquet, examining his strings.
early 16th century: from French raquette (see rackets).
- 1 [in singular] A loud unpleasant noise; a din: the kids were making a racketMore example sentences
- I woke up and there were crows outside my window, making a racket and causing the other birds to yell back at them.
- The guys were making a racket and amid the commotion were cries of victory.
- She has workmen in the house who are making a racket with drills and instead of talking in the sitting room, she suggests we go through the long garden at the rear of the house to her husband's more peaceful, spacious music room.
- 2 • informal An illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money: a protection racketMore example sentences
- The army, on the other hand, is notorious for its protection rackets and other illegal activities in the province.
- He warned in certain parts of the country it has created the risk of illegal protection rackets growing up.
- Smuggling, bribery, protection rackets and the rise of criminal mafias are some of the common symptoms of rigidly controlled economies.
- 2.1A person’s line of business or way of life: I’m in the insurance racketMore example sentences
- Initial conversation gives you the impression that this kid's just too nice to make it in the music business, this racket will chew him up and spit him out.
- It's a strange business, this journalism racket.
- You had better have a darn good reason for any involvement in the casualty insurance racket.
verb (rackets, racketing, racketed)[no object, with adverbial] Back to top
- 2 (racket about/around) Enjoy oneself socially; go in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment: she should settle down to raise a family instead of racketing about the world enjoying herselfMore example sentences
- That seems to have changed recently: there are hordes of them now, racketing around having a laugh and nipping off on expensive holidays and spa weekends.
- And I was racketing around spiritually, trying to find answers.
- Most parents tend to freak out with one or two children racketing around the place during the holidays.
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- He made no apologies for his rackety lifestyle, his liking for louche and even sleazy companions, his lavish consumption of cigars, brandy and champagne.
- Trains have the personality, the tension, the romance of all travel - of waiting-rooms and tea-rooms and the music of the rackety lurch.
- Bletchley was quite inspiring: a lovely old manor house surrounded by some rackety and decrepit WWII-era huts, with some brick buildings as well.
mid 16th century: perhaps imitative of clattering.