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rattrap

[rat-trap]
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noun
  1. a device for catching rats.
  2. a run-down, filthy, or dilapidated place.
  3. a difficult, involved, or entangling situation.
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Origin of rattrap

1425–75; late Middle English. See rat, trap1
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Historical Examples

  • I will go and see if there is never a rat in the rattrap—we may make a coachman of him.

    Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper and Other Stories

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