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racket1

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
a loud noise or clamor, especially of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar:
The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
2.
social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
3.
an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
4.
a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.:
the latest weight-reducing racket.
5.
Usually, the rackets. organized illegal activities:
Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
6.
Slang.
  1. an occupation, livelihood, or business.
  2. an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
verb (used without object)
7.
to make a racket or noise.
8.
to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; 1890-95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1
Can be confused
racket, racquet.
Synonyms
1. tumult, disturbance, outcry. See noise.
Antonyms
1, 2. tranquillity.

racket2

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
2.
the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
3.
rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet (def 1).
4.
a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Also, racquet (for defs 1, 2, 4).
Origin
1490-1500; < Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps < Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
Related forms
racketlike, adjective
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Examples from the web for racket
  • Hand ball and racket have achieved this season a popularity in this country never before obtained.
  • The infuriating racket of generators pervades our neighborhood.
  • The evidence suggests that he ran a vast racket of embezzlement, bribery and blackmail.
  • However, the birds commonly keep up a racket of vocalization, which suggests that they are not trying to remain hidden.
  • The underlying principle behind this seeming racket is not understood.
  • It doesn't produce a clanging racket or anything, but more of whirring whip-up.
  • The shop makes needlepoint into a wide range of items, including handbags and tennis racket covers.
  • Athletes don't buy running shoes that are too big, and they don't leave their tennis racket at home when they have a match.
  • The construction crane is now the city's emblem, the racket of drills its anthem.
  • The birds woke us at five with a pleasant racket in the trees, the sun came up, and our experiment began.
British Dictionary definitions for racket

racket1

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
2.
gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
3.
an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
4.
(slang) a business or occupation: what's your racket?
5.
(music)
  1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
  2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
verb
6.
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by about. to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle1

racket2

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
2.
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
verb
3.
(transitive) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets
Word Origin
C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand
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Word Origin and History for racket
n.

"loud noise," 1560s, perhaps imitative. Klein compares Gaelic racaid "noise." Meaning "dishonest activity" (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of "game," reinforced by rack-rent "extortionate rent" (1590s), from rack (n.1).

"handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;" see racquet.

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Slang definitions & phrases for racket

punt 2

verb
  1. To drop a course in order not to fail it
  2. To give up; withdraw; cop out: I hate to punt, but I just don't have time to finish this job
  3. To improvise or do something different when faced with few or no choices: had to punt when he didn't get in his first-choice school
  4. To return something; throw (or kick) something back: The high court punted the usetax issue back to Congress and cleared the way for future legislative action
  5. To stall for time; to delay; to relinquish control: Clinton suddenly punted on health reform and shifted to welfare

[1970s+ College students; fr the kick out of danger in football, fr mid1800s Rugby football, ''kick the ball before it hits the ground,'' of unknown origin; perhaps echoic]


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