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rat terrier

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  1. a terrier of any of several breeds developed especially for catching rats, as the Manchester terrier.
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Origin of rat terrier

First recorded in 1850–55
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  • Only the point of it stuck up; the rest was clipped as clean as a rat-terrier's.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Cupid is a rat-terrier, but he likes to hunt rabbits better than rats.

  • A rat-terrier believes that on his home grounds he can whip an elephant.

    Penrod

    Booth Tarkington

  • She would know how to depress a rat-terrier with it and make a lap-dog look sorry he came.

  • He lacked imagination, and he had the manner of a rat-terrier toward people not of his own kind; but he was one good executive.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly