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[drat] /dræt/
verb (used with object), dratted, dratting.
to damn; confound:
Drat your interference.
(used to express mild disgust, disappointment, or the like):
Drat, there goes another button off my shirt.
Origin of drat
First recorded in 1805-15; alteration of (o)d rot God rot (i.e., may God rot him, her, it) Unabridged
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  • In the present context flat will obviously be one, and cat or drat will be another.

  • They mixes up alum, and bone-dust, and plaster of Paris, and—drat that door!

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In the intervals of gathering brush for the fire and pouring sap into the steaming pan—which still leaked here and there, drat it!

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • I've had it every year since it became the fashion, drat it!

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • Theres some cloes ye kin be fixin up for Dan, whin yeve so much time as to be spindin it on Moody and Sankey men, drat em!

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • Diva grew very red in the face, and said “drat it” under her breath.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • With one accord the four looked in the other direction, as Mr. Sloane, with a drat that pup!

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • Allow hisself to herd with them—well, drat it, there, I never did!

  • One way, you can't blame 'em for looking at it so, drat 'em!

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Well, drat the boy, you'll stop and have a cup of tea, and a bit of seed cake.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for drat


(slang) an exclamation of annoyance (also in the phrases drat it! drat you! etc)
Word Origin
C19: probably alteration of God rot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drat

1815, disguised form of exclamation God rot (something or someone).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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