beat the rapINFORMAL
Meaning: If someone beats the rap, they avoid being found guilty of a crime.
- Everyone knows that Jimmy the Snitch did the robbery in Green St., but he beat the rap because he's in with the cops.
- Henry was charged with drunk driving, but his lawyer helped him beat the rap on some technical detail.
Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Sonny was arrested for robbery, but he beat the rap so now he's
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Contributor: Matt Errey