rap sheet

American English
This page is about the slang term rap sheet.

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?

a. a drug dealer

b. a rap singer

c. an English teacher

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Contributor: Matt Errey