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a variant of rat-a-tat-tat
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  • Johnny could still hear their rat-tat and 209 the sing of bullets.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • In the same moment there sounded again a rat-tat at the outer door.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • A rat-tat at the hall-door knocker interrupted her meditations.

    The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
  • Her sleeves were rolled up, and the flour was flying, when a rat-tat came to the door.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • Blessed is he who is made happy by the sound of the rat-tat!

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • When she has slept for about an hour, a loud "rat-tat" at the street door awakens her.

    Betty's Battles S. L. M.
  • Shortly after noon she was startled by the rat-tat of a telegraph boy.

  • The rat-tat, one of the double sort, imperiously summoned him to the door.

  • Our letters are delivered at the door by a rat-tat in regular English style from the postman, who is on horseback.

  • That's why I don't mind tackling cabmen—they sit all day, and all they've got to say is 'rat-tat,' and they've done.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith

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