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 Ranz des Vaches.Rape (1 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rap.
 
Not worth a rap. The rap was a base halfpenny, intrinsically worth about half a farthing, issued for the nonce in Ireland in 1721, because small coin was so very scarce. There was also a coin in Switzerland called a rappe, worth the seventh of a penny.   1
        “Many counterfeits passed about under the name of raps.”—Swift: Drapier’s Letters.
 


 Ranz des Vaches.Rape (1 syl.). 

 
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