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rattrap

[ rat-trap ]
/ ˈrætˌtræp /
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noun

a device for catching rats.
a run-down, filthy, or dilapidated place.
a difficult, involved, or entangling situation.

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Nearby words

rattling, rattlingly, rattly, ratton, rattoon, rattrap, ratty, ratushinskaya, rau, raucity, raucous

Origin of rattrap

1425–75; late Middle English. See rat, trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for rat-trap

rat-trap


noun

a device for catching rats
informal a type of bicycle pedal having serrated steel foot pads and a toe clip
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Word Origin and History for rat-trap

rat-trap


n.

late 15c., from rat (n.) + trap (n.).

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