desert rat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n desert rat any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
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Usage

In literature:

My own men were deserting me like rats do a sinking hulk.
"An Outcast of the Islands" by Joseph Conrad
So politic rats Desert the ship that's doomed.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
But, "The rats always desert a sinking ship," said Miss Hugonin, with the air of one delivering a particularly original sentiment.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
A short time after, the rats have deserted the shore.
"The Solitary of Juan Fernandez, or The Real Robinson Crusoe" by Joseph Xavier Saintine
At the same time some Chickasaw auxiliaries, with the true rat instinct, deserted and went home.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
The potash gets into their coats and irritates the skin, and the rats desert the place.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
We figured that out by finding a part of an old envelope in the deserted rat's nest under the floor board.
"The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point" by Quincy Allen
When rats are seen deserting a ship ready for sea, it is regarded as an evil omen.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Rats desert sinking ships!
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
So he was one of the rats who were deserting the sinking ship and leaving the Colonel and Crewe to face the music.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
A term for one who changes his party for interest: from rats deserting vessels about to sink.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
People were beginning to desert the hotel as rats fly from a falling house.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
The truth was, that John had the same instinctive antipathy against a house where there was an empty bottle as rats have against deserted granaries.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
He muttered an imprecation, strangely full of hate and, in the manner of lonely desert rats, grumbled in conversation with himself.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
You're some desert rat, now ain't you, Charley?
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
Rats desert a sinkin' ship, you know, an' when a feller's in disgrace, everybody gets down on him.
"No Moss" by Harry Castlemon
So do rats desert the sinking ship, I thought.
"Stories That End Well" by Octave Thanet
It is a generally well-founded belief among sailors that rats will desert a sinking ship.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
The rats had deserted the wharves and moved up town with the people.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Those old desert rats lit out the same morning you left town.
"The Heart of Canyon Pass" by Thomas K. Holmes
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In poetry:

If we want to make this certain
We'll need you and your support.
It's yourselves you'll be deserting
if you rat your own sort.
"Solidarity Song" by Bertolt Brecht
"Now, where are his pals of the " Bubbling Cup ",
Who'd been his supporters (and held him up)
"Til the day he made the fatal slip
Then like rats —deserted the sinking ship ?
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor

In news:

These animals live in deserts and get the water they need from the furry creatures they eat, like hares, squirrels, lizards and kangaroo rats.
Rat Poison, Peet 's Coffee, and the California Desert.
One of the most insidious dangers for wildlife in urbanized parts of the California desert is rat poison.
Rat Poison, Peet's Coffee, and the California Desert.
The Grand Valley Kids' Ride is the result of the passion for cycling that the founders of Desert Rat Tours have.
Brontë's story – written in French – tells of a young rat who deserts his wise and caring father to explore the unknown world, only to realize his folly too late.
Last Post 29 Mar 2012 02:11 PM by desert rat 11 Replies.
He raced, rode the street, and was a desert rat.
You've heard the one about the rats deserting the sinking ship.
I love Austin, although being a desert rat for over 30 years now means any humidity makes me feel like I need to shower every five minutes.
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