1. a person, animal, or thing that catches and exterminates rats, especially a person whose business it is to rid a property of rats.
  2. Chiefly British. an informal fox-hunting costume, as a tweed jacket and tan riding breeches.

Origin of ratcatcher

First recorded in 1585–95; rat + catcher
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  1. a person whose job is to destroy or drive away vermin, esp rats
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Word Origin and History for rat-catcher

1590s, from rat (n.) + catcher.

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