from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rickety, worn-out vehicle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Mechanically unreliable or in disrepair.
- n. A mechanical device, particularly an automobile, that is worn out, run down, or mechanically unreliable as indicated by noises it makes in operation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any machine or vehicle that does not run smoothly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shaky, rattling object; especially, a rattling, rickety vehicle; in the plural, objects clattering or rattling against each other.
It must reward them, or their children would not be able to go to school, nor would so many of them be able to drive by in rattletrap, second-hand buggies or in stout light wagons.
I just wonder what kind of rattletrap duct-taped mayhem is disguised under a smooth oxymoron like "collective intelligence."
I packed up my belongings and steered onto I-5 in my rattletrap '91 Honda Accord to return to L.A. to celebrate.
Theroux is firsthand witness to it all, traveling as the locals doby stifling train, rattletrap bus, illicit taxi, and mud-caked footencountering adventures only he could have: from the literary (sparring with the incisive Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk) to the dissolute (surviving a week-long bender on the Trans-Siberian Railroad).
You think Spielberg would only have a rattletrap third-rate spaceship like the Millennium Falcon to ensure his survival?
There was an old rattletrap ruin where the bungalow now stands.
After a few minutes Kassim came downstairs, walked across the sandy driveway, and drove off in his rattletrap Toyota van.
Rollie grinned from inside a rattletrap Chevy pickup.
Nathan burst onto the world of Middle East diplomacy in 1966 with a dramatic solo flight to Egypt in a rattletrap single-engine plane, more than a decade before Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty.
I stood back and offered an appreciative glance but, between you and me, the car was real rattletrap.