Main definitions of racket in English

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racket1

(also racquet)

noun

  • 1A type of bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used especially in tennis, badminton, and squash.

    • ‘Buy your children presents that encourage them to be active, such as racquets or roller skates.’
    • ‘She even broke my badminton racket to stop me from playing and prevent me from attending a match.’
    • ‘Anyway, I can't just go to some tennis court with my racquet and balls, I need someone to play with and that's why I need a club.’
    • ‘Court sports offer the opportunity to sell high-ticket items such as racquets and shoes, which can easily make $30 to $50 per sale.’
    • ‘The challenges included running, catching, balancing tennis balls on rackets and practising ground strokes and volleys.’
    • ‘The Tennis racket by 1500 was no longer completely made of wood but consisted of a wooden handle with a sheep gut strung head.’
    • ‘Tennis balls stay on the racket strings for only a few milliseconds and are several feet away by the time a signal from your hand can travel to your brain and back to generate a correction.’
    • ‘I stepped out of my house with my racquet and tennis ball.’
    • ‘At school, she was barely able to wield a badminton racket with any proficiency and here she was in a swordfight.’
    • ‘Unlike, say, a tennis racket or cricket bat, a snooker cue is thought irreplaceable by its owner.’
    • ‘He seems to be playing the ball in sheer delight at the things he can do with it, playing with a racket whose strings are one moment cobweb, the next piano-wire.’
    • ‘Kapur had opportunities to win either of the first two games, but his racquet work deserted him when he ran out of gas in the third.’
    • ‘He just seemed to be a nice chap who wanted to lend his racquet to a fellow tennis player in need.’
    • ‘My father had a frying pan; Liam was holding a tennis racket and Derek was clutching a baseball bat.’
    • ‘He looks down at his tennis racquet, examining his strings.’
    • ‘I shuffle my feet to make the shot, my grip on the racquet slippery from my perspiration.’
    • ‘Boats, canoes, jetties, fishing rods and forgotten waterskis are among items recovered and sometimes reclaimed by owners, but the other day I found a tennis racquet.’
    • ‘Their hand-eye coordination is excellent, as we can see in table tennis, badminton and other racquet sports.’
    1. 1.1North American A snowshoe resembling a racket.

Origin

Early 16th century: from French raquette (see rackets).

Pronunciation

racket

/ˈrækət//ˈrakət/

Main definitions of racket in English

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racket2

noun

  • 1in singular A loud unpleasant noise; a din.

    ‘the kids were making a racket’
    • ‘The light came on and the audience were on their feet, making a racket.’
    • ‘Double glazed windows designed to keep out the noise of the tramcars now block the worst racket from modern traffic.’
    • ‘It turned out to be a large roost of house sparrows all trying to jam themselves into two small trees making a racket.’
    • ‘They were making a hell of a racket, sounding somewhat like terns calling.’
    • ‘Buskers used to be arrested for making a racket for the sake of the price of a cup of tea.’
    • ‘I'm sure my neighbours must have loved me, since the noise it made could delicately be called an absolute racket.’
    • ‘The guys were making a racket and amid the commotion were cries of victory.’
    • ‘At this point the proceedings were suddenly interrupted by a cacophony of noise. Everybody turned to face the source of the racket.’
    • ‘On top of this mess are those patented gorgeous two-part harmonies, uncharacteristically straining to make themselves heard over the racket.’
    • ‘It was groaning and squealing, and making an awful racket.’
    • ‘Anyway, to return to my story, the sprog has absolutely no concept of time and wakes up at odd times during the night and starts making a racket.’
    • ‘More residents in Scotland say they are disturbed by the racket from nearby pubs than anywhere else in the UK.’
    • ‘I woke up and there were crows outside my window, making a racket and causing the other birds to yell back at them.’
    • ‘She has workmen in the house who are making a racket with drills and instead of talking in the sitting room, she suggests we go through the long garden at the rear of the house to her husband's more peaceful, spacious music room.’
    • ‘Do you think that rock, hip hop, and jazz are all noise and racket?’
    • ‘The sound of my cell phone making a racket in my bag brought me back to reality.’
    • ‘But, oh, the noise, the deafening racket - it was almost enough to deter us form returning again anytime soon.’
    • ‘The faster form of river transport is the speedboat, machines that make so much noise as they roar by that passengers wear crash helmets to drown out the racket.’
    • ‘To the uninitiated this can sound like a sprawling racket, but the band insist each song is composed and arranged.’
    • ‘How do I keep my one-year-old cat from making a racket outside my bedroom door in the mornings?’
    noise, din, hubbub, clamour, row, uproar, hullabaloo, tumult, commotion, rumpus, fracas, pandemonium, clangour, brouhaha, disturbance
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    1. 1.1archaic The noise and liveliness of fashionable society.
  • 2informal An illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money.

    as modifier ‘a protection racket’
    • ‘Their gang, The Firm, established a Mafia-style grip on the city's criminal underworld in the 1960s, specialising in protection and extortion rackets.’
    • ‘They are immersed in exploitation, extortion, and illegal rackets within prison walls.’
    • ‘Their racket was laundering drug money through companies which traded in precious metals.’
    • ‘Instead, paramilitary gangs carve out fiefdoms to exploit drug-dealing and protection rackets, while young people look up to these criminals as role models.’
    • ‘Small and medium enterprises are harassed by the state or gangsters' rackets.’
    • ‘Together they offer protection to other rackets in town while running their own illegal enterprises.’
    • ‘It was only later that he learned that one of his neighbours had been running an illegal drinks racket and had skipped the country without paying the necessary bribe to the authorities.’
    • ‘He warned in certain parts of the country it has created the risk of illegal protection rackets growing up.’
    • ‘However, if the fakes racket is not contained the whole market could crash overnight, affecting galleries and artists alike.’
    • ‘The police have become more assertive - sometimes for the sake of their own illegal rackets, sometimes for the sake of law enforcement.’
    • ‘The army, on the other hand, is notorious for its protection rackets and other illegal activities in the province.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister said his government would look at each case individually, but did not want to give a ‘bonus’ to the illegal immigration rackets.’
    • ‘Inevitably, the bad guys are now cashing in - bringing everything from in-game fraud and protection rackets to gang-controlled digital brothels.’
    • ‘The military has also been widely accused of involvement in arms running, people smuggling, drugs, illegal logging and extortion rackets.’
    • ‘They unexpectedly realise their dreams when they turn their jobs delivering free newspapers into an illegal racket.’
    • ‘His organisation is motivated by money - from protection rackets and drugs.’
    • ‘In the brothel and nightclub strip, crime bosses got the green light to organise prostitution and illegal gambling rackets.’
    • ‘The rule of law is fragile, with gangs of thugs running protection rackets in many cities, in the absence of a reliable police force.’
    • ‘Smuggling, bribery, protection rackets and the rise of criminal mafias are some of the common symptoms of rigidly controlled economies.’
    • ‘One ex-pat Briton, who spent time in prison for illegal drink rackets, says a number of those arrested for the bombings and drink offences were linked to the cross-border smuggling of alcohol.’
    criminal activity, illegal enterprise, illegal scheme, fraud, fraudulent scheme, swindle, bit of sharp practice
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    1. 2.1 A person's line of business or way of life.
      ‘I'm in the insurance racket’
      • ‘Initial conversation gives you the impression that this kid's just too nice to make it in the music business, this racket will chew him up and spit him out.’
      • ‘It's a strange business, this journalism racket.’
      • ‘You had better have a darn good reason for any involvement in the casualty insurance racket.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Make a loud unpleasant noise.

    ‘trains racketed by’
    1. 1.1racket around Enjoy oneself socially; go in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
      • ‘And I was racketing around spiritually, trying to find answers.’
      • ‘Most parents tend to freak out with one or two children racketing around the place during the holidays.’
      • ‘That seems to have changed recently: there are hordes of them now, racketing around having a laugh and nipping off on expensive holidays and spa weekends.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps imitative of clattering.

Pronunciation

racket

/ˈrækət//ˈrakət/