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Definition of Racket


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural.
  4. A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
  5. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
  6. To strike with, or as with, a racket.
  7. Confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.
  8. A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
  9. To make a confused noise or racket.
  10. To engage in noisy sport; to frolic.
  11. To carouse or engage in dissipation.

Racket Quotations

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 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

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 just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
Smedley Butler

I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book 'War is a Racket.'
Jesse Ventura
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Racket Translations

racket in Spanish is raqueta
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