rat-a-tat

or rat-a-tat-tat

[ rat-uh-tat or rat-uh-tat-tat ]
/ ˈræt əˈtæt or ˈræt əˌtætˈtæt /

noun

a sound of knocking or rapping: a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.

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Origin of rat-a-tat

First recorded in 1675–85; imitative
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