Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One whose business is the catching of rats; a ratter.

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  • noun a workman employed to destroy or drive away vermin

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Examples

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • His challenge will be to interest a voting public whose instincts are likely to favour the rat-catcher approach.

    Police and crime commissioners: the rat-catcher vote | Editorial

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • When a rat-catcher is thus accompanied, there is generally a strong aromatic odour about him, far from agreeable; this is owing to his clothes being rubbed with oil of thyme and oil of aniseed, mixed together.

    Sociology most Dickensian

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • If a snake comes slithering into your house, you do not perform a careful analysis to determine how much of a threat it represents, whether, on balance, its survival as a rat-catcher may be a benefit to you, and so on -- you either flee or grab an ax and start swinging.

    Clay Farris Naff: Juan Williams, Human Nature, and Islam

  • Why else do you think one can play a body-snatcher or a political pamphleteer or a rat-catcher?

    Appoggiatura

  • Williams was a Manchester rat-catcher who spent a great deal of time ruminating on his trade, and in this slim volume he's jotted down all his many thoughts about catching and killing rats, from tricks with various oils as bait to whether tenants or landlords should have to pay for his services, to preventing one's sack of angry rats from bursting on a train, and so on.

    Boing Boing

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