The pack-rat ran back to its hole and made its exit without loss of time, but Clarice sobbed aloud in hysterical fear.
A pack-rat is about three times as big as a barn rat, an fifteen times as energetic.
Then either the pack-rat reformed into a trade-rat, or else he sold out his claim to a trade-rat.
A pack-rat dont care a peg whether he can use an article or not; all he asks is the privilege of totin it about somewhere.
common name for the North American bushytailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) 1885, from pack (v.); so called from the rodents' habit of dragging objects off to their holes. Used figuratively or allusively from c.1850 of persons who won't discard anything, which means either the rat's name is older than the record or the human sense is the original one.
A person who cannot discard anything acquired; a compulsive keeper and storer (1850+)