from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device for trapping rats.
  • noun Informal A dilapidated or unsanitary dwelling.

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

  • noun A device (trap) used to catch rats.
  • noun A dilapidated building, a place that is run down and unsanitary.
  • noun A difficult, entangling situation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a difficult entangling situation
  • noun filthy run-down dilapidated housing
  • noun a trap for catching rats


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