Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The catching of rats, now pursued as a business by ratcatchers, and formerly to a large extent in Great Britain, with dogs or ferrets, as a popular amusement.

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Examples

  • And though Eliza did her best to meet the rent and still leave a little spare for the leather pouch, her gift for rat-catching seemed to have deserted her, and week by week she slipped further behind.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • And though Eliza did her best to meet the rent and still leave a little spare for the leather pouch, her gift for rat-catching seemed to have deserted her, and week by week she slipped further behind.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • And though Eliza did her best to meet the rent and still leave a little spare for the leather pouch, her gift for rat-catching seemed to have deserted her, and week by week she slipped further behind.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • And though Eliza did her best to meet the rent and still leave a little spare for the leather pouch, her gift for rat-catching seemed to have deserted her, and week by week she slipped further behind.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • -Katie Cook, summarizing what she learned from a rat-catching expedition.

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  • And though Eliza did her best to meet the rent and still leave a little spare for the leather pouch, her gift for rat-catching seemed to have deserted her, and week by week she slipped further behind.

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  • -Katie Cook, summarizing what she learned from a rat-catching expedition.

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  • When I talks of dog-fighting, I of course means rat-catching, and badger-baiting, ay, and bull-baiting too, just as when I speaks religiously, when I says one I means not one but three.

    Lavengro

  • He remembered the fat man in Vinegar Street, whose trade, rat-catching, took him to the great houses in west London that he reconnoitred for his thieving friends.

    Sharpe's Fortress

  • My favorite story was when Mother had decided that it was time to build a music room in the unfinished basement (which had an assortment of rat-catching devices, carcasses of dead rats and mice, and ivy growing through the cracks in the brick stones).

    My life as a woman

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