from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sabotage machinery or tools as part of an industrial dispute, particularly the tools of a workman who went against the union.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive feloniously of the tools used in one's employment (as by breaking or stealing them), for the purpose of annoying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play mischievous tricks upon, as an obnoxious person, for the purpose of coercion or intimidation.
  • n. A rat.


From Provincial English ratten rat, therefore it means, to do mischief like a rat. (Wiktionary)



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