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rat US English

A rodent that resembles a large mouse, typically having a pointed snout and a long, sparsely haired tail. Some kinds have become cosmopolitan and are sometimes responsible for transmitting diseases

rat US Thesaurus

her husband is a rat

ratting in rat US English

(Of a person, dog, or cat) hunt or kill rats

rat on US English

Inform on (someone) to a person in a position of authority

rat run US English

A minor, typically residential street used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads

rat-tat US English

Variant of rat-a-tat.

rug rat US English

A child

black rat US English

A rat with dark fur, large ears, and a long tail. It is found throughout the world, being particularly common in the tropics, and is the chief host of the plague-transmitting flea

brown rat US English

A rat found throughout the world, often living in association with man and regarded as a pest. It is commonly kept as a laboratory animal and as a pet, and is also bred in the albino form

cane rat US English

A large, ratlike, African rodent found in wetlands south of the Sahara. It is often a pest of sugar plantations

house rat US English

Another term for black rat.

mall rat US English

A young person who frequents shopping malls, usually for social purposes

mole rat US English

A herbivorous, short-legged, ratlike rodent that typically lives permanently underground, with long incisors that protrude from the mouth and are used in digging

pack rat US English

A ratlike rodent that accumulates a mound of sticks and debris in the nest hole, native to North and Central America

rat-arsed US English

Very drunk

Rat Pack US English

A group of five friends and co-performers prominent in the entertainment industries of Hollywood and Las Vegas in the 1950s and 1960s. The group (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford) made several movies together, including Ocean’s Eleven (1960)

rat pack2 US English

A ration pack issued by the army to men on duty away from base camp

rat race US English

A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power

rat snake US English

A harmless constricting snake that feeds on rats and other small mammals

rat-tail US English

A fish with a long narrow tail, in particular

rice rat US English

A nocturnal rat that typically lives in marshy or damp areas, native to America, the Caribbean, and the Galapagos Islands

rink rat US English

A young person who spends time around an ice-hockey rink in the hope of meeting players, watching practice, and spending time on the ice

roof rat US English

Another term for black rat.

sewer rat US English

Another term for brown rat.

spunk rat US English

An attractive and sexually promiscuous young person

swamp rat US English

An African rodent that frequents dense vegetation on swampy ground

water rat US English

Any of a number of semiaquatic rodents, in particular

wood rat US English

Another term for pack rat.

bamboo rat US English

A large nocturnal burrowing rat that feeds chiefly on the roots of bamboo and other plants, found in the forests of SE Asia

common rat US English

Another term for brown rat.

cotton rat US English

A short-tailed rat found in grassland and scrub from North America to Guyana

Norway rat US English

Another term for brown rat.

rat-a-tat US English

A rapping sound (used especially in reference to a sequence of two or three knocks on a door or the sound of gunfire)

rat-catcher US English

A person whose job is to catch or destroy rats

Rat Islands US English

An island group in southwestern Alaska, part of the Aleutian Islands, that lie between the Near and Andreanof islands. Amchitka and Kiska islands are also included

rat terrier US English

A terrier of a small, short-haired breed originally used for hunting rats and other vermin

Wistar rat US English

A rat of a strain developed for laboratory purposes

bandicoot rat US English

An Asian rat that is often a destructive pest

kangaroo rat US English

A seed-eating hopping rodent with large cheek pouches and long hind legs, found from Canada to Mexico

rat kangaroo US English

A small ratlike Australian marsupial with long hind limbs used for hopping

stick-nest rat US English

A fluffy-haired gregarious Australian rat that builds nests of interwoven sticks

smell a rat US English

Suspect trickery or deception

naked mole rat US English

A blind and hairless mole rat living in large underground colonies in eastern Africa. The colony structure is similar to that of social insects, with only one pair breeding and most other individuals acting as workers

rat-bite fever US English

A disease contracted from the bite of a rat that causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting

rat-tailed maggot US English

The aquatic larva of the drone fly, with a taillike telescopic breathing tube that enables it to breathe air while submerged

like a drowned rat US English

Extremely wet and bedraggled

not give a rat's ass US English

Not care at all about something

rat-tat in rat-a-tat US English

A rapping sound (used especially in reference to a sequence of two or three knocks on a door or the sound of gunfire)

ratbag US English

An unpleasant or disliked person

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