Definitions starting with R

ID #4875

rap (1)

[cf. US Black rap to converse, to verbally flirt (Claerbaut); OED rap (out) to utter (an oath); slang rap to swear against a person, to perjure oneself to a person obs. →1818; cf. DAUL rap to to greet, to reply to a greeting; cf. Brit. dial. North, Mid, West rap out to speak angrily, to use bad language; North a rap a friendly chat EDD (Hancock p.c.)] v. in various idioms:

rap to or with (a person): to converse, speak, tell: 1974 I going to rap it to you like it is (King 8). (youth slang) (Black)

rap at (a person) phr. to verbally flirt with a person. (youth slang). (Black)

rap on (a person) phr. to insult; to exchange ritualized insults (youth slang); Karol, why you don't stop rapping on that boy like that (Nassau) (Black)

Tags: idiom, phrase, verb, verb phase, youth slang

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Last update: 2011-06-04 19:48
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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