a bad rap

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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
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De la Rosa also said the bad rap against coconut oil had a minimal to less effect, particularly on Americans, due to the consumers' knowledge and awareness on the benefits of the commodity.
"I couldn't care less about the bad rap. I believe what I believe."
And as if Kanye has the time to dress me every daya[bar]I feel bad that Kanye gets the bad rap for dressing me," she said on the March 24 episode.
Williams Northwest Pipeline employee Ryan Ellis explains, "We were looking for a local service project; many of us are avid shooters ourselves and we were tired of what was happening to the lands out here and the bad rap shooters are getting from this.
RuleStream officials are quick to point out that "if you can see or explain it, you can make a rule for it," but that glosses over the bad rap that artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems got in the 1980s and 1990s.
Chancellor Joel Klein even addressed the bad rap that NCLB transfer students were getting in an e-mail to the city's 1,200 principals that fall (2003).
Although I have been swimming with sharks for years as an indie filmmaker in Hollywood, when it was suggested I try it literally while on a visit to Cape Town, South Africa, I said, "Absolutely not!" I have no fear of the beastly man-eating machines with the bad rap, but I am terrified of being caged and dipped underwater.
Recent NBC research claims unique ratings gains in total auds and key demos for "NBC Nightly News," bucking the bad rap that the dying 6:30 broadcast caters only to the Fixodent crowd.
And as if Kanye has the time to dress me every day...I feel bad that Kanye gets the bad rap for dressing me," Kim said, adding, "It's so rude."