1. [mid-18C] the theft of a purse.
2. in senses of speech.
(a) [late 18C+] (orig. US) a rebuke, the blame, thus put the rap on / take a rap at, to attack verbally, to criticise.
(b) [20C+] (US) an official complaint or reprimand; thus rapper, n., one who makes a complaint.
(c) [1910s+] a lecture, a reprimand.
(d) [1920s+] speech or conversation, esp. the spontaneous wise-cracking repartee of street life.
(e) [1930s+] (Aus.) congratulations, a commendation, praise.
(f) [1940s+] (orig. US black) a ‘line’ used for seduction or picking up members of the opposite sex.
(g) [1970s] the received opinion.
(h) [1970s] a partner in conversation.
(i) [1980s+] a set speech, e.g. that used by a street salesman.
(j) [2000s] talk designed to persuade or deceive.
3. in Und. uses.
(a) [mid-19C+] (mainly US) an arrest.
(b) [late 19C–1900s] (US) confinement to an institution, other than a prison.
(c) [20C+] a criminal charge.
(d) [1910s] the identification of somebody as a murder target.
(e) [1910s–60s] (US) an identification by the police.
(f) [1910s+] (US) a jail sentence; also as v.
(g) [1930s] (US prison) a one-year sentence.
(h) [1990s+] (US Und.) a criminal speciality.
4. [1930s+] a situation.
Pertaining to criminal charges
1. [1950s+] (US Und.) a crime partner; sometimes a close friend in prion.
2. [1960s+] (US black) a close friend.
[2010s] (US black) a close friend, a fellow gang member.
[1950s+] (US Und.) someone who is on the same charge sheet as oneself; someone who is jailed for the same crime.
[1920s+] (US) a criminal record.
1. [1930s+] (US) a serious criminal charge.
2. [1960s+] the state of being criticized unfairly.
3. [1970s+] an unfair criminal charge or sentence.
1. [1920s+] to be found not guilty in a court.
2. [1940s] (US) in non-judicial context, to extricate oneself from difficult circumstances.
1. [1910s+] (US) to be found innocent of a charge in court.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[1970s+] to be scolded, to be told off, to be blamed.
1. to murder, to kill.
2. to blame.
[1920s–50s] (US Und.) of police or other authorities, to charge a criminal (fairly or otherwise).
1. [1970s+] (orig. US) to persuade.
2. [1970s] (US) to explain.
[1930s+] to impute a crime (to a criminal) (whether or not they are actually implicated).
to inform against.
[1930s] (Aus. Und.) to escape or be found not guilty of a criminal charge.
[1930s+] to have a criminal charge dropped.
[1920s–30s] (US Und.) to take the blame, sometimes on behalf of another; to face criminal charges.
1. to take the blame when one is not the guilty party.
2. to take a punishment, often a prison sentence, that is actually due to someone else.
Pertaining to speech
[1980s+] (US black) extended, emotional, aggressive talk.
[1970s] (US) an ostensible club that supposedly provides conversation but actually doubles as a brothel.
[1990s+] (US black) the ability to talk persuasively in pursuit of sexual conquest.
[1960–70s] (US) a discussion or encounter group.
[1970s+] (US) a euph. for a massage parlour, itself a cover for a store-front organization behind which, while legitimate massage may be available, men pay for a variety of sexual services from ‘relief’ or ‘executive’ massage (masturbation) to full intercourse.
1. [1970s] (US) a police interrogation.
2. [1970s+] an intense conversation; by ext., in new therapy use, an encounter group.