Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

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