1. [early 19C+] any form of deception, criminal trickery, hoaxing.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
3. [late 19C] a theory, an idea.
4. [late 19C+] a job, an occupation; not necessarily illegal.
5. [late 19C+] a story, a ‘line’.
6. [mid-19C+] in combs., with a defining n.
7. [late 19C-1920s] in weak use, any form of activity.
8. [late 19C-1920s] (US) a plan, a scheme.
9. [1920s] (US) an easy job or situation, esp. a sinecure.
10. [1920s+] (US) as the rackets, organized crime.
11. [1950s–60s] (US prison) the world of homosexual relationships.
12. [1960s] (US) the racket, prostitution.
1. [mid-19C] a thief.
2. [1930s+] (US, also racket boy, racket ghee, racket guy) a member of an organized crime syndicate.
1. to reveal one’s real agenda, usu. a confidence trick or hoax.
2. to tease.
3. to show off.
1. [late 18C–1930s] (also stand the nonsense) to pay the bill, to treat one’s companions.
2. [early 19C–1910s] to take the blame for the crimes of one’s confederates.
3. [mid-19C–1940s] to put up with a situation; to overcome a challenge [SE stand, to suffer].