rat terrier

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noun

a terrier of any of several breeds developed especially for catching rats, as the Manchester terrier.

Nearby words

  1. rat on,
  2. rat pack,
  3. rat race,
  4. rat snake,
  5. rat tamer,
  6. rat's nest,
  7. rat-a-tat,
  8. rat-a-tat-tat,
  9. rat-arsed,
  10. rat-bite fever

Origin of rat terrier

First recorded in 1850–55

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