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beat the rap

Sl. to evade conviction and punishment (for a crime). He was charged with drunk driving, but he beat the rap. The police hauled Tom in and charged him with a crime. His lawyer helped him beat the rap.
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beat the rap

to avoid being punished People think that if you have enough money and high-priced lawyers, you can generally beat the rap.
Related vocabulary: get off (scot-free)
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beat the rap

  (American informal)
to escape being punished There's no way he can beat the rap now. No lawyer can save him.
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beat the rap

Escape punishment; win acquittal. For example, The youngsters were caught shoplifting, but somehow they were able to beat the rap. The rap in this idiom means "the legal charge against one." [Slang; 1920s]
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beat the rap

tv. to evade conviction and punishment (for a crime). The police hauled Tom in and charged him with a crime. His lawyer helped him beat the rap.
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beat the rap

Slang
To escape punishment or be acquitted of a charge.
See also: beat, rap
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While Mullane missed out for Waterford, Kilkenny's injury doubt Henry Shefflin beat the rap on a high profile eye injury to line out.
The second half of the movie features adult stars Brad Pitt and Jason Patric as two survivors of the ordeal who try to beat the rap for the murder of one of the reformatory guards.
The combative World Cup star revealed he has an appeal date against the length of the punishment in April and, in the meantime, he wants to help Sam Allardyce's team beat the rap too.