French translation of 'rap'
1. (= quick knock) petit coup m
There was a rap on the door. On frappa un petit coup à la porte.
2. (= punishment, criticism)
to give sb a rap on the knuckles (figurative) (= telling off) taper sur les doigts de qn
to get a rap on the knuckles (figurative) (= telling off) se faire taper sur les doigts
The remark earned him a rap on the knuckles. La remarque lui a valu de se faire taper sur les doigts.
3. (informal) (= blame)
to take the rap payer les pots cassés
to take the rap for sth trinquer (informal) pour qch
4. (Music) rap m
not to care a rap for sb n’avoir rien à faire de qn
She didn’t care a rap for us. Elle n’en avait rien à faire de nous.
6. (US) (informal) (= criminal charge) inculpation f
a murder rap une inculpation pour meurtre
to beat the rap sortir blanchi(e)
7. (mainly US) (informal) (= reputation)
to get a bad rap, to get a bum rap avoir mauvaise presse
[group, trio, singer, album] de rap
[star, scene] du rap
rap song chanson f rapsee also rap artist
1. (= strike) [door, table] frapper à coups redoublés sur
to rap sth on sth donner une série de coups sur qch avec qch
to rap sb’s knuckles, to rap sb on the knuckles (= tell off) taper sur les doigts de qn
She had her knuckles rapped for doing this. Elle s’est fait taper sur les doigts pour avoir fait ça.
2. (= rebuke) critiquer
to rap sb for sth critiquer qn pour qch
1. (Music) rapper
to rap about sth rapper sur qch
2. (US) (informal) (= chat) faire un brin de causette
Phrasal verbsrap on
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Example Sentences Including 'rap'
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We were disturbed by a harsh rap on the door.Seminary Boy (2006)
Dinosaurs always get a bad rap.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
I wanted to be a rap artist.The Sun (2015)
So why do pushy mums get a bad rap?Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The volume they get from this sharp rapping of beak against tree is astonishing.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The writers have dispensed entirely with the usual gangster clichés of rap and hip-hop.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Tinie Tempah raps on the track and his performance on the night was 100 per cent live.The Sun (2014)
An already fractious situation then takes a turn for the worse when they hear a rapping at the door.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Could you rap less about sleeping with women and more about phoning them?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
I do it to really loud rap music, which makes me happy.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
You don't have to be a rap artist to pull off leather joggers.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
A source said:'It is outrageous the chiefs get away with it as those lower down the ranks take the rap.The Sun (2016)
An earlier robbery rap was also dropped.The Sun (2011)
Around a quarter admit asking friends or relatives to take the rap.The Sun (2008)
Caravan rap BLACKPOOL have fined four unnamed players for wrecking a caravan after a night out.The Sun (2008)
He faces a burglary rap next week.The Sun (2007)
He has also turned to rapping.The Sun (2016)
I think he wanted her to watch him do the murder so she would have to take the rap as well.The Sun (2016)
I've shown my potential not only as a rap artist but also as a writer.The Sun (2016)
Teenage drivers who listen to their favourite rap track behind the wheel are more likely to crash, a study shows.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
They understand concepts better by rapping about them.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
What is it about your rap style that makes you stand out from the rest?The Sun (2008)
Of course gangsta rap isn't the only reason for the riots.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Yet most of us give our bodies a bad rap.BE YOUR BEST: How Anyone can become Fit, Healthy and Confident (2002)
By the mid-1970s, hundreds of informal rap groups had been organized.Trauma and Recovery (1992)
Over the last few years certain rap groups made headline news with their recordings.Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)
They begin listening to rock or rap music and spending more time alone and with their friends.Divergent Realities: the Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents (1994)
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'rap' in Other Languages
British English: rap NOUN
Rap is a type of music in which the words are not sung but are spoken in a rapid, rhythmic way.
He performs with a rap group.
British English: rap VERB
music Someone who raps performs rap music.
...the unexpected pleasure of hearing the kids not only rap but even sing.
British English: rap VERB
hit If you rap on something or rap it, you hit it with a series of quick blows.
She turned and rapped on his door.
Translation of rap from the Collins English to French Dictionary