from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as rat-a-tat.

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  • noun a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door)


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  • 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.

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  • He brought the clenched fist of his free hand down in two blows, rat-tat, on Michael's paws.


  • Blessed is he who is made happy by the sound of the rat-tat!

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  • But the final pause was in this direction, and then came a sharp rat-tat at the door.

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  • 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.

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  • Claxby tut-tutted, a sharp little rat-tat through clenched teeth that sounded more like gunshot.

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  • Suddenly there came a little _rat-tat_ at the door.

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  • Hardly had we finished the meal when the rat-tat, rat-tat of small-arms showed that the British were approaching.

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  • 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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