beat the rap
phrasal to escape or evade the penalties connected with an accusation or charge

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • beat the rap — {v. phr.} To escape the legal penalty one ought to receive. * /In spite of the strong evidence against him, the prisoner beat the rap and went free./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat the rap — {v. phr.} To escape the legal penalty one ought to receive. * /In spite of the strong evidence against him, the prisoner beat the rap and went free./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat the rap — If you beat the rap, you escape conviction and punishment for a crime or something you have done wrong …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • beat the rap — ► beat the rap N. Amer. informal escape punishment for or be acquitted of a crime. Main Entry: ↑rap …   English terms dictionary

  • beat the rap — phrasal : to escape or evade the penalties connected with an accusation or charge he was charged with arson but he beat the rap * * * beat the rap (N Am sl) 1. To be acquitted of a crime 2. To avoid punishment • • • Main Entry: ↑rap * * * beat… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat\ the\ rap — v. phr. To escape the legal penalty one ought to receive. In spite of the strong evidence against him, the prisoner beat the rap and went free …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beat the rap — have the charges removed or dropped, get off    Every time the burglar was caught he was able to beat the rap …   English idioms

  • beat the rap — American, informal to escape being punished. There s no way he can beat the rap now. No lawyer can save him …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat the rap — mainly American informal to escape being punished for a crime you have been accused of So far all the main suspects have beaten the rap …   English dictionary

  • beat the rap — evade or escape punishment for the crime one had been accused of …   English contemporary dictionary

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