a sound of knocking or rapping: a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.
- Also rat-a-tat-tat [rat-uh-tat-tat] /ˈræt əˌtætˈtæt/ .
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How to use rat-a-tat in a sentence
A lot of newspaper columns used to be written in a rat-a-tat-tat, fast-paced style—and they tended to be funny.
rat-a-tat, rat′-a-tat′, n. sound of repeated knocks, as of a drumstick.
In the woods one seldom hears from him anything but the rattling rat-a-tat-tat, as he hammers away on a dry old pine stub.Ways of Wood Folk | William J. Long
Sophie lay back in her chair, eyes half closed, fingers beating a slow rat-a-tat on the chair-arm.Burned Bridges | Bertrand W. Sinclair
A little while after they heard a rat-a-tat at the garden door.Edmund Dulacs Fairy-Book | Edmund Dulac
Then they heard a rat-a-tat, and the voice of their mother calling: 'Here!Edmund Dulacs Fairy-Book | Edmund Dulac