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
- ‘We take the rap for whatever suffering takes place under sanctions, period.’
- ‘History shows that it is nearly always the smaller party in a coalition that takes the rap in that situation.’
- ‘And the agency willingly risks taking the rap in exchange for access to all that client money.’
- ‘Most of them are happy to use the bureaucratic machinery to escape from taking the rap.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pay them to take the rap and then say it was all their fault.’
- ‘President Kennedy was told the Bay of Pigs would go smoothly and then he took the rap.’
- ‘They were more concerned with working out the reasons why it hadn't been their fault and why someone else should take the rap.’
- ‘He complained once again that he took the rap for others.’
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