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Rap (verb neuter)

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To Rap. v.n. [hræppan, Saxon.] To strike with a quick smart blow.

            Knock me at this gate
And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate.
Shakesp.

With one great peal they rap the door,
Like footmen on a visiting day.
Prior.

He was provoked in the spirit of magistracy, upon discovering a judge, who rapped out a great oath at his footman. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rap (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5419.


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