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  • n  any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
  • n  someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
  • n  a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
    kill the rat
  • n  one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  • n  a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
  • v  desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage
  • v  employ scabs or strike breakers in
  • v  take the place of work of someone on strike
  • v  give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
  • v  catch rats, especially with dogs
  • v  give away information about somebody

  • Bombay's health department, by using some statistical mumbo jumbo, had concluded that the city's rat population was 3,200,000 and that each rat's gnawing cost ten rupees ($3.
  • The only species of rat (of the four-legged variety, anyway) that lives in New York City is the Rattus norvegicus, also known as the Norway rat or the brown rat.
  • Later, when a rat named Grigory fails to adequately signal the presence of one of the dummy mines, Emmanuel withholds his reward.
News & Articles

  • Mr. Jingles puts kibosh on courthouse rat problem
    A rat infestation at the Historic Courthouse is history, thanks to Mr. Jingles, an abandoned tabby brought in from Henderson County's animal shelter as a rat deterrent.
    June 17, 2013 - The Hendersonville Times-News
  • RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 5 Dips From 2012, ‘Miss USA’ Down
    After Game 5 of the NBA Finals last year, the Miami Heat were celebrating a championship. At the same mark this year, LeBron James & Co. are in a very different position, trailing the San Antonio Spurs 3-2. Ratings for this year’s NBA Finals too have been trailing last year’s, with last night’s Game 5 posting a 11.4 overnight rating, down 3% from last June’s decider. Things are looking up for ...
    June 17, 2013 - Deadline Hollywood
  • Running: Stoltman, Gammon-Deering pace River Rat Run
    Jonathon Stoltman and Mannon Gammon-Deering, both of Little Falls, won the male and female divisions of the River Rat 5K Run Saturday. Stoltman was the first runner across the finish line at 15:48. Gammon-Deering was the fastest female at 19:41.
    June 17, 2013 - Brainerd Dispatch

  • Charles Schumer in USA Today
    To think that men and women are serving their country in the most honorable and courageous way possible and all we give them is a dilapidated, rat-infested, run-down building to recover is a disgrace,Schumer wrote. "My fear is that Walter...
  • Mike Helton in SI.com
    A cat-and-mouse game is one thing,explained president Mike Helton, a holdover from previous administrations. "But when you throw a big rat in there, it's a whole new ballgame."
  • Mark Fox in WXii 12.com
    Like backing a rat into a corner, increasing pressure on the extremists by limiting their available resources and places to hide leads to desperate changes in tactics,Fox told reporters Wednesday.

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