1. Any illegitimate business or occupation. 2. A technically legitimate business that violates the spirit of the law. 3. Any "easy", lucrative occupation or business. 4. Any dance, party, or social function. 5. Any means of livelihood.

- american underworld dictionary - 1950

Rack"et (rak"et), n. [F. raquette; cf. Sp. raqueta, It. racchetta, which is perhaps for retichetta, and fr. L. rete a net (cf. Reticule); or perh. from the Arabic; cf. Ar. rAha the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus.] [Written also racquet.]

1.

A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games.

Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket.
Bancroft.

2.

A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural. Chaucer.

3.

A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood. [Canada]

4.

A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.

Racket court, a court for playing the game of rackets.

 

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Rack"et, v. t.

To strike with, or as with, a racket.

Poor man [is] racketed from one temptation to another.
Hewyt.

 

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Rack"et, n. [Gael. racaid a noise, disturbance.]

1.

Confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.

2.

A carouse; any reckless dissipation. [Slang]

 

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Rack"et, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Racketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Racketing.]

1.

To make a confused noise or racket.

2.

To engage in noisy sport; to frolic. Sterne.

3.

To carouse or engage in dissipation. [Slang]

 

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Rack"et, n.

A scheme, dodge, trick, or the like; something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, or the like; also, such occurrence considered as an ordeal; as, to work a racket; to stand upon the racket. [Slang]

 

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