Definition of desert rat in English:

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desert rat

Pronunciation: /ˈdezərt ˌrat/

noun

informal
1A jerboa.
2A soldier of the 7th British armored division (with the jerboa as a badge) in the North African desert campaign of 1941–42.
Example sentences
  • It is interesting to note that we are about to celebrate the end of the war in 1945 in which our member spent five years as a desert rat defending democracy, only to be troubled by louts at the age of 83.
  • The former desert rat was being forced to give up his home help support after the weekly cost more than trebled.
  • He was a desert rat with the 8th Army in North Africa and then a Chindit behind Japanese lines in Burma.

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Syllabification: des·ert rat

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