wharf rat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wharf rat brown rat that infests wharves
    • n wharf rat someone who lives near wharves and lives by pilfering from ships or warehouses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wharf rat (Zoöl) The common brown rat.
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Usage

In literature:

A score of half-drunken sailors and wharf-rats looked up at the unaccustomed sight of a richly gowned woman in their midst.
"The Beasts of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
He was born right here in Trumet and his family was common as wharf rats.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Wharf-rat laughed at his yarn; but I believe it was true.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
W'en we drop anchor, dere was some o' da meanes' lookin' wharf rats I evah see.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Two unusually big cats and two dogs all bound to kill rats were fighting these fierce wharf rats.
"Billy Whiskers' Adventures" by Frances Trego Montgomery
We have none of your meek little wharf rats here.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
The Hannah was a river boat and not a dive for wharf rats.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Go back to that gang of damned wharf rats, and tell 'em, if I hear another squeak, I'll put 'em where I got 'em.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
He couldn't tell the world that Mr. Wharf Rat was a thief.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
The rats in and around Red Wharf Lane could have told you, had they been able to speak, that things prospered with that firm.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In news:

The common house mouse (Mus musculus), along with Norwegian rats, wharf rats and humans, are considered the most widespread terrestrial animal.
Part 2 of the Harry Bridges documentary, "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks.".
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