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Definition of Rat

Rat

  1. One of several species of small rodents of the genus Mus and allied genera, larger than mice, that infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway, or brown, rat (M. decumanus), the black rat (M. rattus), and the roof rat (M. Alexandrinus). These were introduced into America from the Old World.
  2. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair.
  3. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union.
  4. In English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union.
  5. To catch or kill rats.

Rat Quotations

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
W. C. Fields

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
Robert De Niro

A rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement.
Jimmy Reid

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
Edmund Burke

You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit.
Sarah Jessica Parker
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Rat Translations

rat in Afrikaans is rot
rat in Danish is rotte
rat in Dutch is rot, rat
rat in Finnish is rotta
rat in French is rat
rat in German is Ratte
rat in Italian is ratto
rat in Norwegian is rotte
rat in Portuguese is rato
rat in Spanish is rata