To rattle off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To rattle off To tell glibly or noisily; as, to rattle off a story.
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Usage

In literature:

The window panes, the glass of the bookcase, the tumblers on the table, ceased to rattle and gave off only a tenuous tinkling.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Moreover, I suspect that he rattled on partly to give me time to leave off blushing and feel at ease with him.
"We and the World, Part II. (of II.)" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Then what gay little waltzes used to rattle off from my mother's fingers!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
I was t'other side o' the river one day, sir," rattled off Bob, "and he shouts to me, sir, `Hi!
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Night came to an end, for good or ill; in the morning at six o'clock the rattle of a drum assembled us, the director called off the roll.
"Sac-Au-Dos" by Joris Karl Huysmans
In a few moments more, the rattle of the wagon, with which he delivered goods to the customers, was heard as he drove off.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
A party like to be sent off into the division lobby with a rattling speech from the Front Bench.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
It won't take hardly a minute to rattle that off.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
The story was, to be sure, no surprise to her, for had not Nat rushed home and incoherently rattled it off?
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
He took Mr. Loneway off to the back window, an' I rattled 'round with the dishes an' took on not to notice.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
To this the dragoon officer paid no attention, and the party rattled and clattered off.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
They begin to rattle the keys of the calaboose the minute I get off'n the train.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
But Lopez had unlimbered his tongue by now, and was rattling off the greatest lot of jargon in Spanish the boys had ever listened to.
"The Boy Scouts Under Fire in Mexico" by Lieut. Howard Payson
And then she ran to the dancing place; and the people could hear her a long way off, rattling, as she came.
"Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights" by J. William Lloyd
Lyell was the first to greet them when the anchor rattled down into the shallow waters off Buenos Ayres.
"Wild Adventures in Wild Places" by Gordon Stables
It started off at a rattling pace, which fact seemed to tickle the owner very much indeed.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
I should have been rattling off to town in the cab if you hadn't stopped me.
"The White Virgin" by George Manville Fenn
As the first rig dashed off, rattling loudly over the rough street, Jack leaped to the front seat of the second, beside the astonished driver.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Lost Liner" by Wilbur Lawton
If the knocker touches the rattle, take it off and plane a slanting chip or two where it is screwed to the gun-stock.
"Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop" by Harris W. Moore
When it would come to spelling long words, they would be rattled off with a volubility that was often amazing.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley
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In news:

Facing a daunting 3-0 deficit, the New Jersey Devils have now rattled off two straight wins against the Los Angeles Kings to force a Game 6 and keep their comeback hopes alive.
An old woman's casually tossed-off words about race continue to rattle ZZ Packer's imagination.
Defensive pressure began to rattle the Chinese and the US team were off to the races, going on an 18-4 run to start the second quarter.
Defensive end Cam Jordan says the Saints may have surprised others but not themselves by rattling off five victories in six games to get back to.500 after an 0-4 start.
In an incident that's sure to rattle your faith in emergency services, a 911 dispatcher in Maryland nodded off and started snoring after taking a panicked call from a woman whose husband had stopped breathing.
Most kids are thrilled with the idea of getting to sit on Santa's lap and rattling off their wish list.
Christina Aguilera took center stage at the American Music Awards nominations press conference to not only rattle off the artists lucky enough to score nods, but also to dish on her performance at the show.
The Mountaineers rattled off a score of 4,719 to beat the Nanooks (4,670) by 49 points.
Love, beginning his third round on the back nine, rattled off four straight birdies to start his day.
It's by no means some new trend, but what struck me particularly this year was that the lists of new features and options rattled off to me as I talked to window and door manufacturers in Orlando all seemed very long.
Eaglets rattle off 36 unanswered points to best Jesuit.
Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes struck southeastern California on Sunday, knocking trailer homes off their foundations, shattering windows and rattling nerves in a small farming town east of San Diego.
HAMPTON- Old Dominion rattled off 31 unanswered points and held Hampton to just one touchdown score in the Football Monarchs' 45-7 victory over the Pirates in a rain shorten game on Saturday night at Armstrong Stadium.
You'll never get bored listening to him rattle off intricate policy proposals, because he just doesn't do that.
Nothing makes me laugh harder than to watch a "wine snob" pore over a wine list like a law student studying for the LSATs, rattle off "facts" about the vineyard and vintage, then, once the wine is open, pick up the cork and smell it.
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