a bad rap

a bad rap

1. A negative or unfavorable reputation. I seem to have gotten a bad rap after coming in late so many times.
2. A criminal charge that is undeserved. I think Paulie got a bad rap and never actually committed the crimes they're accusing him of.
See also: bad, rap

bad rap

1. n. a false criminal charge. (Underworld. The same as bum rap.) Freddy got stuck with a bad rap.
2. n. unjustified criticism. Butter has been getting sort of a bad rap lately.
See also: bad, rap