from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for trapping rats.
- n. Informal A dilapidated or unsanitary dwelling.
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- n. A device (trap) used to catch rats.
- n. A dilapidated building, a place that is run down and unsanitary.
- n. A difficult, entangling situation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a difficult entangling situation
- n. filthy run-down dilapidated housing
- n. a trap for catching rats
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By the time it became my home it was quite a rattrap.
The oldest one is counting the days until he turns eighteen and can leave this rattrap.
Under the sink sat an old rattrap identical to the two that I had taken earlier.
Yet we are also drawn to workaday items such as cowbells, noodle-makers, and a cleverly designed rattrap.
The promise of fame is the cheese in Baron Cohen's rattrap of a movie, and everybody bites.
But, really, you and the others here have hammered away for the democrats to some up with a “plan” or have an “agenda” for the future — - well, be careful what you wish for, NED, us conservatives are getting caught in our own rattrap.
This is the worst mess he's seen in several dozen old-rattrap renovations.
Cardenas awoke to a crawling sensation the likes of which he had experienced only once before, twenty years earlier while engaged in a stakeout in a rattrap of a motel in the worst part of Tucson.
Her teeth protruded from the withered binding like a set rattrap.
A single push of a button, and boom'say goodbye to one more rattrap in Forest Hills.