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racket

1 [rak-it]
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.
a.
an occupation, livelihood, or business.
b.
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:
1555–65; 1890–95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1


1. tumult, disturbance, outcry. See noise.


1, 2. tranquillity.
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racket1 (ˈrækɪt)
 
n
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
 a.  a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
 b.  a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
 
vb (often foll by about)
6.  rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
 
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle1]

racket or racquet2 (ˈrækɪt)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
 
[C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand]
 
racquet or racquet2
 
n
 
vb
 
[C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand]

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racket
"loud noise," 1565, said to be imitative. Meaning "dishonest activity" (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of "game," reinforced by rack-rent "extortionate rent" (1591), from rack (1). Racketeer (v. and n.) first recorded 1928.

racket
"bat used in tennis, etc.," see racquet.
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