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rat British & World English

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

rat English Thesaurus

her rat of a husband cheated her

ratting in rat British & World English

Hunt or kill rats

rat on British & World English

Inform on (someone)

rat run British & World English

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

rat-tat British & World English

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

black rat British & World 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 British & World English

A rat found throughout the world, typically 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 British & World English

A large rat-like African rodent found in wetlands south of the Sahara. It is often a pest of sugar plantations

house rat British & World English

Another term for black rat, especially in South Asia.

mall rat British & World English

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

mole rat British & World English

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

pack rat British & World English

another term for woodrat.

rat pack1 British & World English

A group of journalists and photographers who pursue celebrities in a relentless or aggressive way

rat pack2 British & World English

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

rat race British & World English

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

rat snake British & World English

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

rat-tail British & World English

A narrow hairless tail like that of a rat, or something that resembles one

rat trap British & World English

An unpleasant situation that offers no prospect of improvement

rice rat British & World English

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

rink rat British & World 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 British & World English

Another term for black rat.

sewer rat British & World English

Another term for brown rat.

ship rat British & World English

Another term for black rat.

spunk rat British & World English

An attractive and sexually promiscuous young person

swamp rat British & World English

An African rodent that frequents dense vegetation on swampy ground

vlei rat British & World English

See swamp rat.

water rat British & World English

A large semiaquatic rat-like rodent

bamboo rat British & World 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 British & World English

Another term for brown rat.

cotton rat British & World English

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

desert rat British & World English

A soldier of the 7th British armoured division (with the jerboa as a badge) in the North African desert campaign of 1941-2

Norway rat British & World English

Another term for brown rat.

rat-catcher British & World English

A person whose job is to catch or destroy rats

Rat Islands British & World 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 British & World English

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

Wistar rat British & World English

A rat of a strain developed for laboratory purposes

bandicoot rat British & World English

An Asian rat that is a destructive pest in many places

kangaroo rat British & World English

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

rat-kangaroo British & World English

A small rat-like Australian marsupial with long hindlimbs used for hopping

stick-nest rat British & World English

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

smell a rat British & World English

Begin to suspect trickery or deception

naked mole rat British & World English

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


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