beat the rap

(Informal)
Explanation: What is an idiom?

to avoid being convicted of a certain crime while possibly being guilty

Context:

-Have you heard about Jamies last trial?

-Yes, I have! Has he really been drunk driving?

-Unfortunately, he has. But his lawyer helped him beat the rap on some technical detail.

-He's one reckless but lucky guy…

Notes:

Category: b, informal, american,crime



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