Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rattling sound or effect, as from the beating of a drum.
- n. a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door)
“Adapted in 1931 from a Broadway farce by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, this rat-a-tat yarn established the newspaper reporter as a rough-and-ready huckster, cousin to the Chicago bootlegger, always happy to break the rules to get the scoop.”
“Neither did his multi-nozzle flame thrower, even though he'd rigged it to rat-a-tat a catchy beat.”
“His delivery manages to be both distracted and pithy rather than rat-a-tat.”
“Vincenti atoned when the ball squirted to him from a remarkable rat-a-tat of shots and blocks.”
“It's a pretty generous two stars out of four, but at least Woody Allen's piece has some rat-a-tat humor.”
“Rewrite a bit of dialogue in “rat-a-tat” fashion-short, sharp exchanges?”
“The verse went on, building to a glorious burst of sound, guitar bright and dirty at the same time, the fierce rat-a-tat of the drums.”
“In spite of its 20 million players in 185 countries, squash, by its very nature, will be always be hard-pressed to translate to telly's flatscreen blandness its unique snakepit ferocity, rat-a-tat machine‑gun speed and intimate competitive intensities.”
“The rat-a-tat of Wallaby tries showed precisely the ruthlessness which Warren Gatland is still trying to instil in his own side.”
“As farmers step closer for a look at the big red contraption near the ruins of the Fauquier Livestock Exchange, an auctioneer's rat-a-tat rumble comes over the loudspeaker that sits atop a Ford pickup with a Confederate flag license plate in the window.”
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