(also rat-tat-tat /rattatˈtat/ or rat-a-tat /ratəˈtat/)
A rapping sound (used especially in reference to a sequence of knocks on a door or the sound of gunfire): there was a loud rat-tat on the heavy door the rat-tat of the Kalashnikovs
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- The household was roused this morning by a rat-tat-tat on the door.
- That's when I heard the gunfire. A constant rat-a-tat of machine guns and the screaming of women mixed with the sounds of battle.
- I swooped down on them, making the rat-a-tat sound of the turret guns and the thud and boom of the bombs.
Late 17th century: imitative.
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