A Bum Rap
If you read newspapers or magazines, you will always be able to find articles about people or things that are supposedly getting a bum rap. The English idiom to get a bum rap means ❛to receive unfair criticism or blame❜. Here is an example:
Teachers are getting a bum rap. They are being blamed for all of the problems in our education system today.
Here are some other people, animals or things that have supposedly been getting a bum rap:
President getting bum rap over oil and energy policies
- dailyinterlake.com, 29 April 2012, Francis Breidenbach
Is Ethanol Getting a Bum Rap?
- businessweek.com, 1 May 2008, John Carey
Nat geo WILD: Bum Rap - A History of Vilifying Sharks
- newswatch.nationalgeographic.com, 24 November 2011, Matthew Zymet
The authors of these articles feel that the President, ethanol and sharks have been unfairly criticized, i.e. they have gotten a bum rap.
Is there anyone or anything that you feel has been getting a bum rap lately?