[ rat-fingk ]
/ ˈrætˌfɪŋk /
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British Dictionary definitions for rat fink
/ (ˈrætˌfɪŋk) /
slang, mainly US and Canadian a contemptible or undesirable person
Word Origin for ratfink
C20: from rat + fink
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Word Origin and History for rat fink
also ratfink, 1963, teen slang, see rat (n.) + fink (n.). Popularized by, and perhaps coined by, U.S. custom car builder Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (1932-2001), who made a hot-rod comic character of it, supposedly to lampoon Mickey Mouse.
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