ratting

Definitions

  • "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
    "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ratting to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bishop Hatto and the rats Bishop Hatto and the rats
THE RAT THE RAT
rat will not gnaw rat will not gnaw
Cat after rat Cat after rat
The ploughman runs away from the horde of rats The ploughman runs away from the horde of rats
The rats in the larder The rats in the larder
William, holding a rat, looking up at his father William, holding a rat, looking up at his father
The Brown family in their pew, Mr. Brown with a rat on his head The Brown family in their pew, Mr. Brown with a rat on his head

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The DNA of humans is closer to a rat than a cat
    • Ratting The conduct or practices of one who rats. See Rat v. i., 1.
    • Ratting The low sport of setting a dog upon rats confined in a pit to see how many he will kill in a given time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rats can survive up to 14 days without any food
    • n ratting The act of deserting one's principles, and going over to the opposite party.
    • n ratting In the trades, the act of working for less than established or demanded prices, or of refusing to strike, or of taking the place of a striker.
    • n ratting A low sport consisting in setting a dog upon a number of rats confined in a tub, cage, or pit, to see how many he will kill in a given time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rats and horses can't vomit.
    • Ratting deserting one's principles: working for less than the usual prices: setting a dog to kill rats in a pit
    • Ratting . See Rat.
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Quotations

  • Richard D. Rosen
    Richard D. Rosen
    “If we ever do end up acting just like rats or Pavlov's dogs, it will be largely because behaviorism has conditioned us to do so.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “It is all right to rat, but you can't re-rat.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth%20Bowen
    “Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
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    “Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.”
  • Ida B. Wells
    Ida B. Wells
    “One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”
  • Lily Tomlin
    Lily%20Tomlin
    “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.”

Idioms

Rat race - The rat race is the ruthless, competitive struggle for success in work, etc.
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Smell a rat - If you smell a rat, you know instinctively that something is wrong or that someone is lying to you.
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Usage

In literature:

The Rats that gnaw at the people!
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Turning the windlass over the shaft was a little, tough mud-rat, who excited in me the liveliest sense of aversion.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
When he came to the garbage can over our family of rats, he did not see their little home and pushed their box right over.
"Hazel Squirrel and Other Stories" by Howard B. Famous
Every rat knows the scratching of his relations; but the black rat had no relations.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
That was what the rat did.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
When my service is done, I hide like a rat in its hole, wishing to be seen by none.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
I wouldn't ask for anything better than a turn with these wharf rats if it weren't for the ladies.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Did you ever see a white rat, Annie?
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
THE RAT AND THE SWAN.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
Vum get a rat trap bigger than a cat trap!
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

"Gin my seven sons were seven young rats,
Running on the castle wa,
And I were a grey cat mysell,
I soon would worry them a'.
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
He read no book, he snuffed no candle;
The rats ran in, the rats ran out,
And far and near, the drip of water
Went whisp'ring about.
"John Mouldy" by Walter de la Mare
All in a college study,
Where books were in great plenty;
This rat would devour
More sense in an hour,
Than I could write—in twenty.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
Oh, there's drowned an' perished clippers
An' there's rats that died —
But there's gals wi' flowered slippers
An' their skirts flung wide!
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams
Nun soll mich Phyllis nicht betrueben,
Lasst sie nur unbestaendig sein,
Von nun an will ich auch so lieben.
Den Rat, den Rat gibt mir der Wein.
"Das Schaeferleben" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Good luck betide our captains,
Good luck betide our cats, Sir,
And grant that the one
May quell the Spanish Don,
And the other destroy our rats, Sir.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone

In news:

Cellar Rat to host tasting of Maynard James Keenan's wine tonight (no, he won't be there).
Striking TriMet Drivers Named This Rat After Neil McFarlane.
Councilwoman Mary Cheh is under attack from Rush Limbaugh and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who are making it sound like DC is systematically relocating rats to Virginia.
G-mom's new target: mob rats who killed while on the FBI payroll.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A Nov 14 story about a rat eradication in the Galapagos Islands incorrectly stated that the Nature Conservancy is involved in the program.
Rat kill in Galapagos Islands targets 180 million.
QUITO, Ecuador—A Nov 14 story about a rat eradication in the Galapagos Islands incorrectly stated that the Nature Conservancy is involved in the program.
QUITO, Ecuador — A Nov 14 story about a rat eradication in the Galapagos Islands incorrectly stated that the Nature Conservancy is involved in the program.
The rats in the West Lafayette, Ind.
AS the presidential candidates debate how to strengthen America, maybe they can learn from rats.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say — and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.
Rat kill begins on fragile Galapagos Islands .
A lizard rests near a blue package of rat bait released last Saturday in an aerial operation over Rabida Island, one of the Galapagos Islands .
Rat kill begins in Galapagos Islands .
"I always refer back to the days of the Rat Pack, because that's when I should have been around," Ne-Yo says, a little wistfully.
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In science:

In general, assume that Σ−tε≤tY ≃ RAt (1 ≤ t ≤ m).
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
Each component of h(t+1) is a nonzero morphism in HomD (P ′ t , RAt ), since the superpotential W is reduced.
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
Therefore, the morphism h(t+1) is a minimal right (addA)approximation of RAt (1 ≤ t ≤ m).
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
Under the assumptions in Proposition 4.10 and the assumption that H 0Π is finite dimensional, the image of RAt is isomorphic to the image of LAm+1−t in the generalized m-cluster category CΠ for each integer 0 ≤ t ≤ m + 1.
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
In the presence of loops, the ob jects RAt and LAr do not always satisfy the relations in Theorem 4.11.
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
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