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rat terrier

a terrier of any of several breeds developed especially for catching rats, as the Manchester terrier.
Origin of rat terrier
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The rat terrier howled lustily, while Zip dropped down on the door mat and groaned as loudly as he could.

  • As to little Jay, he has the constitution and the endowments of a rat terrier, nothing beyond.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • Skippy moved stealthily forward, picking up his steps as a rat terrier does.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson

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