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I had to rap a second time before Molly Wemple appeared to let me in.

Another spends all he can rap and run on his belly, to be the more hungry after it.

It's been a bad year—worse than the last one, which wasn't worth a rap.

There are some consecrated reputations which I wouldn't give a rap for.

Gervaise now shuffled along in her slippers, without caring a rap for anyone.

You can just tell mamma that I don't care a rap for any of you, and that I need nobody.

And any rap Heman or Tad could give him would only make him fight harder.

Before Bangs could answer there was a rap on the windowpane.

Be in readiness, mademoiselle, and do not keep me waiting when I rap upon your door.

But before she could make answer there was a rap at the door.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).

Slang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).

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