rap sheet

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From RAP (record of arrest and prosecution) +‎ sheet

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rap sheet (plural rap sheets)

  1. (US) A printed police record of an individual's citations, arrests, convictions, and incarcerations, usually in a single jurisdiction.
    • 2012, David Ylhainen, Second Sons
      Three counts of breaking and entering, four counts of assault, seven misdemeanors for carrying illegal substances, and a partridge in a pear tree,” Paul finished with a smirk, handing the rap sheet to Mason.
    • 2022 May 26, Matthew Wolfe, “The Rise and Fall of America’s Environmentalist Underground”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Seeking a new approach, he applied for an editor position at the Earth First! Journal, an environmental newsletter in Eugene, Ore. His application included a copy of his rap sheet; he was hired immediately.

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