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  • n. ratlines

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ratlines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wood cut into strips (about four feet long), for kindling, and tied up in bundles. See raddling, 2.


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  • I occassionally write email in the toilet cubicles at work, and judging from the rattlings of mobile phone straps, so do quite a few of my colleagues.

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  • This has worked for them in the past, the saber-rattlings and shrill threats, so it's no surprise that they are at it again; if you are a puffer fish, you puff up when you sense danger, but you have to wonder about the sanity of those in charge in that benighted land.

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  • It was quiet, except for the faint rattlings of some small animal in the bushes and the swish of our pant legs through the long, wet grass.

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  • I heard the creaking of ropes, the rattlings of chains.

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  • Then there was a consonance to split the drums of the world's ears, followed by a horrific rattlings as of actual artillery – tens of thousands of gun-carriages simultaneously at the gallop, colliding, crashing, heeling over in the blackness.

    A truly soggy boat race

  • The streets would be full of the rattlings and squeaks of semi maintained bikes.

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  • She tried to make me bleed by the rattlings of her tongue

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  • Then some waxed indignant about the domestic spying, the takeover of State and municipal law enforcement to suppress of dissent, the covert destabilizations of legitimately elected South American and African democracies, and the anti-Russia and - Iran saber-rattlings that now, on the eve of the "election," seem such clear signs of impending world war.

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  • But I rather think these rattlings and these jerks are neither proposals nor entailments, but rather merely contingencies.


  • Uncomfortable rushes of water suggestive of gurgling and drowning, ghostly rattlings of iron chains, dismal clankings of discordant engines, formed the music that accompanied the dip of our oars and their rattling in the rowlocks.

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