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Definitions of rat

  1. one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  2. take the place of work of someone on strike
  3. someone who works ( or provides workers) during a strike
  4. desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage
  5. any of various long- tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
  6. catch rats, esp. with dogs
  7. give ( hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
  8. employ scabs or strike breakers in ( an industry)
  9. a pad ( usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
  10. catch rats, especially with dogs
  11. employ scabs or strike breakers in
  12. One of several species of small rodents of the genus Mus and allied genera, larger than mice, that infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway, or brown, rat ( M. decumanus), the black rat ( M. rattus), and the roof rat ( M. Alexandrinus). These were introduced into America from the Old World.
  13. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair.
  14. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union.
  15. In English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union.
  16. To catch or kill rats.
  17. An animal somewhat like the mouse, but larger and more greedy.
  18. To catch rats.
  19. Ratter.
  20. Ratted.
  21. Ratting.
  22. An animal of the mouse kind, but larger and more destructive.
  23. To desert one's party and join their opponents for gain or power, as rats are said to leave a falling house:- pr. p. ratting: pa. t. and pa. p. ratted.
  24. A small gnawing animal.
  25. A rodent infesting houses, barns, ships, etc.
  26. A rodent quadruped of the genus in us; a workman who works during a strike, or who works for less than the established prices; one who deserts his party.
  27. To desert one's former party; among workmen, to play the rat. To smell a rat, to be suspicious.
  28. An animal of the mouse kind, but much larger and more voracious, which infests the lower floors of houses, ships, & c.; one who deserts his party; one who works at less than the established prices.
  29. To work under the established prices- a term in use among printers; to forsake one's party for the sake of gain or power.
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Usage examples for rat

  1. Herbert thought he'd better remain in the corridor- the President might smell a rat; so McAllister decided to enter alone. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  2. Had she already smelt the rat, I should not very greatly wonder. – Faust by Goethe
  3. Lonagon began to smell a rat. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  4. At this point, notwithstanding my respect for the President, I began to smell a rat. – A Man of Mark by Anthony Hope
  5. That's what I'd do if I looked as much like a drowned rat as he did. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  6. It was a pack rat, sometimes called a trade rat, paying us a visit. – Roughing it De Luxe by Irvin S. Cobb
  7. The rat bit the fat cat. – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  8. Are you going to keep that little rat here and argue with him till he admits that he recognizes whatever opportunity you're going to thrust at him? – In And Out by Edgar Franklin
  9. Before using this she darted to the window, and waited till she could see Leo going from the house, when, with rat- like action, she made for a chest of drawers, upon which stood a desk, opened it with the speed of one accustomed to the task, and lifting one side, thrust in her hand, to draw out a packet of letters tied with a ribbon. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  10. She drop green in eye of public so they no smell rat. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  11. The duchess was holding her on her knees, and she answered the empress: " My lady, the princess is asking if the rat is dead." – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  12. So far as he could judge, he was absolutely caught like a rat in a trap. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  13. Tell me how many have been in that house since the young lady was brought back like a drowned rat?" – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  14. A rat with a man's head and face! – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  15. Percival had begun to smell a rat. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  16. That is the way he would have done, and not have acted like a hotel- rat! – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  17. You probably remember him- Soffel; he was Deputy Warden when we were in the jail, and a rat he was, too. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  18. There was a dead rat in it. – No Man's Land by H. C. McNeile
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