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rat-tat

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Pronunciation: /ratˈtat
 
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(also rat-tat-tat /rattatˈtat/ or rat-a-tat /ratəˈtat/)

Definition of rat-tat in English:

noun

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 17th century: imitative.

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