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1. A great deal of noise or a loud commotion. What's all that racket, kids? There's an awful racket outside the house.
2. A fraudulent scam or money-making operation. He's always cooking up some racket or another to get rich quick. The mob uses legitimate businesses to conceal the rackets it runs to earn its real profits.
3. slang Any business or occupation, especially one that provides an easy and profitable living. I've got a pretty good racket going between writing my novel and doing freelance work in the evening.

land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss

 and land too poor to raise a racket on
Rur. land where nothing will grow. I inherited two hundred acres from my uncle, but it's land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. The soil's exhausted. That land is so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. Jill can grow a garden anywhere, even on land too poor to raise a racket on.
See also: even, fuss, land, poor, raise

juice racket

n. a racket where exorbitant interest is charged on loans. (Underworld.) The cops got one of the leaders of the juice racket.
See also: juice, racket


1. n. noise. Cut out that racket! Shut up!
2. n. a deception; a scam. This is not a service station; it’s a real racket!
3. n. any job. I’ve been in this racket for twenty years and never made any money.
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How used car dealers become 'stakeholders' in a scheme meant for returning expatriates is a mystery, unless you're willing to accept that the racket ought to be allowed to continue without any hindrance.
This website offers a quick and easy way for players to find the most suitable racket that works best with their style of play.
Choppin [6] suggested that "unlike the two sweet spots, which were the node points--the modal shape of racket frame and the center of percussion (COP)--the instantaneous center of rotation, the power spot was not a static point on the string-bed.
Earlier, the police had busted a betting racket from Lonavala.
Entirely made by a French craftsman based in Albertville, today each racket takes five hours to produce.
The Babolat Play will cost $555, about twice the price of a classic tennis racket.
Officials believe the duo were in the racket to make a quick buck, and that they may be part of a larger smuggling racket, and were operating as carriers.
After warming-up, each participant performed, randomly, eight flat serves for each racket with 3-min intervals between rackets.
Assembled on the corner of 85th and 164th in Queens, the giant wooden structure was built by Ashrita Furman, his spiritual group, and several students, and resembles an enormous replica of Billie Jean King's tennis racket.
As for the compulsory controls, Bassyoni said rackets will be collected by the umpires of the match immediately after the last point.
Wood was only material for manufacturing of tennis rackets but it has now been totally outclassed by new high performance materials.
The symbolic rackets are courtesy of leading luxury car brand Cadillac, official transport providers for the 'Legends Rock Dubai' and sponsors of the event for the past three years.
The primary suspects, who have been tied to organ transplant rackets in the past, have apparently fled the country, Lal said.
The primary suspects, who police said have been tied to organ transplant rackets in the past, have apparently fled the country, Lal said.
I tape every match," said Li, who co-owns Raquets Rackets with his brother.