One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be punished or blamed, especially for something that is not one's fault or for which others are equally responsible.
be punished, be blamed, take the blame, pay, suffer, suffer the consequences, pay the priceView synonyms
- ‘Most of them are happy to use the bureaucratic machinery to escape from taking the rap.’
- ‘President Kennedy was told the Bay of Pigs would go smoothly and then he took the rap.’
- ‘History shows that it is nearly always the smaller party in a coalition that takes the rap in that situation.’
- ‘Vernon ends up taking the rap for the killings and is sentenced to death.’
- ‘I would say that he is taking the rap for it anyway, short of being the scapegoat.’
- ‘They were more concerned with working out the reasons why it hadn't been their fault and why someone else should take the rap.’
- ‘We take the rap for whatever suffering takes place under sanctions, period.’
- ‘He complained once again that he took the rap for others.’
- ‘And the agency willingly risks taking the rap in exchange for access to all that client money.’
- ‘Pay them to take the rap and then say it was all their fault.’
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