from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a workman employed to destroy or drive away vermin


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  • 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

  • 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

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


  • 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

  • The idea was doubtless suggested by his recollection of the rat-catcher of Skien, while traits of manner and physiognomy might be borrowed from the lady in question.

    Little Eyolf

  • Simon recovered from his injuries sufficiently to continue his duties as chief rat-catcher.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Cats

  • He is not a working man because he is not a man; he is not any workman anybody has ever known; he is not the funny Irish bricklayer you talked to when you were a little boy; he is not the plumber or the mysterious plumber's mate; he is not the gardener, who was rather cross; he is not the needy knife-grinder or the romantic rat-catcher.

    G.K. Speaks - About the Workers

  • The parents always hoped they were not dead, and that the rat-catcher, who certainly must have come out of the mountain, would have taken them with him to his country.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • "He's a lucky boy, " the rat-catcher would boast to his friends as he tossed Sharpe a farthing.

    Sharpe's Fortress


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