Beat The Rap




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Beat The Rap : Phrases



Meaning:

Avoid punishment for a wrongdoing.


Example:

He
beat the criminal rap but not the civil rap.


Origin:

This phrase likely originated from another expression
take the rap in which rap is slang for punishment - as in a rap on the knuckles. Beat the rap often carries with it the connotation that the miscreant was actually guilty, though acquitted.

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