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.
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.
A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural.
A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
To strike with, or as with, a racket.
Confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.
War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. Smedley Butler
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. Smedley Butler
War is a racket. It always has been... A few profit - and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war. Smedley Butler
I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches. Pete Sampras
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Smedley Butler