take the rap (for something)

take the rap (for something)
to be blamed or punished, especially for something that you did not do

There’s no way I’m taking the rap for his mistakes.

Thesaurus: to be punishedsynonym punishment of being legally killedhyponym
Main entry: rap

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take the ˈrap (for sb/sth) idiom
(informal) to be blamed or punished, especially for sth you have not done
Syn: take the blame

She was prepared to take the rap for the shoplifting, though it had been her sister's idea.

Main entry:rapidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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