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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of rattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Confused; flurried.
  • Affected by eating the loco or rattleweed; locoed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. thrown into a state of agitated confusion; (`rattled' is an informal term)


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  • The prospect that he might not be confirmed in the Senate for another term rattled markets last week.

    Bullish Blog

  • The rain rattled on a modern cagoule hood, rather than on a Gallic pattern helmet.

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  • The tent reeled under the blows of the wind, the canvas booming hollowly at every shock, while the sleet and rain rattled overhead like skirmish-fire grown into a battle.


  • A chorus of military veterans and bloggers opined that his bogus tale about getting his brain rattled while serving in Iraq should win him prison time, if not a plane ride to the front lines and a chance to finally "walk the walk."

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  • On the issues of health care, judicial appointments, taxes and national security, McCain rattled off a litany of policy differences between himself and the Democrats.


  • The word rattled around the emptiness of his sapping his strength, draining his will.

    Step into Chaos

  • The next ball he called rattled musically into the far corner pocket.

    Time Scout

  • Hut then her coin rattled into the fare box, she turned back, and — Kate and I sat directly beside the door at the rear — she sat down up ahead.

    Time and Again

  • Baroness Dinati was now taking up the collection for the poor, holding the long pole of the alms-box in her little, dimpled hands, and bowing with a pretty smile as the coins rattled into the receptacle.

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  • The coin rattled to the floor and both men dropped to their knees.

    The Return of Blue Pete

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