Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as rat-a-tat.
- n. a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door)
“He brought the clenched fist of his free hand down in two blows, rat-tat, on Michael's paws.”
“Her headsails emptied, there was a rat-tat of reef-points and quick shifting of boom - tackles, and she was heeled over and filled away on the other tack.”
“Their dominance was more persuasive after the interval, a fact acknowledged by both managers afterwards, even if the evening was denied a decisive third goal for all the rat-tat of chances created.”
“Blessed is he who is made happy by the sound of the rat-tat!”
“But the final pause was in this direction, and then came a sharp rat-tat at the door.”
“In fact I didn't breathe at all as I bore the shining little object slowly and tenderly through the opening and dropped it with a gentle rat-tat on the table.”
“Claxby tut-tutted, a sharp little rat-tat through clenched teeth that sounded more like gunshot.”
“Suddenly there came a little _rat-tat_ at the door.”
“Hardly had we finished the meal when the rat-tat, rat-tat of small-arms showed that the British were approaching.”
“Straight before us lay the key to Ladysmith -- Platrand, whence now and again came the sharp rat-tat of the Metford, followed by the Mauser's significant cough.”
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