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[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
a loud noise or clamor, especially of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar:
The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.:
the latest weight-reducing racket.
Usually, the rackets. organized illegal activities:
Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
  1. an occupation, livelihood, or business.
  2. an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
verb (used without object)
to make a racket or noise.
to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
Origin of racket1
1555-65; 1890-95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1
Can be confused
racket, racquet.
1. tumult, disturbance, outcry. See noise.
1, 2. tranquillity.


or racquet (for defs 1, 2, 4)

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
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.
the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet (def 1).
a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
1490-1500; < Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps < Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
Related forms
racketlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rackets
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  • Vercoe and Bourne were the victorious finalists at Kensington in the rackets.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • As long as I ignore their rackets they accept me in their midst, talk freely with me around.

    This One Problem M. C. Pease
  • We had to take our rackets off, for it was so rocky and uneven that we could not use them.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • The wings are of a purple-brown, as is the tail; but the rackets are black, shot with green.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The boy called to 'Merican Joe who had paused to refasten the thongs of his rackets.

  • The tennis players came in sight, waving a salutation with their rackets.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • The Englishmen seemed to be enjoying themselves and they took a long time to select the rackets.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • The girls flung down their rackets and ran joyfully to meet her.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for rackets


(functioning as sing)
  1. a game similar to squash played in a large four-walled court by two or four players using rackets and a small hard ball
  2. (as modifier): a rackets court, a rackets championship


a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
(slang) a business or occupation: what's your racket?
  1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
  2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
(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


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
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
(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 rackets



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rackets

punt 2


  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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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