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rap sheet American English

Meaning: a criminal record

For example:

  • Tommy's always getting into trouble with the police. He's got a rap sheet a mile long.

  • No-one needs to know about your rap sheet. Just keep it a secret.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Which person would be most likely to have a rap sheet?
  1. a drug dealer
  2. a rap singer
  3. an English teacher

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