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desert rat

n
1. (Animals) a jerboa, Jaculus orientalis, inhabiting the deserts of N Africa
2. (Military) informal Brit a soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941–42
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Noun1.desert rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexicodesert rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
pocket rat - any of various rodents with cheek pouches
Dipodomys, genus Dipodomys - kangaroo rats
Dipodomys ordi, Ord kangaroo rat - most widely distributed kangaroo rat: plains and mountain areas of central and western United States
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Translations
aavikkojerboaavikkorotta

desert rat

n (Brit fig inf) → Wüstensoldat m
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But they in turn faced the might of the Desert Rats, who bombarded their positions.
THE Desert Rats have withdrawn from Basra after coming across fierce and unexpected resistance.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has sent in 26,000 troops,including detachments of Paras and Desert Rats along with 4,000 Commandos.
Mr Talbot joined the BBC in 1937 as a war correspondent, and earned an OBE for his reporting of the Desert Rats' campaign during the Second World War.
The proud father, whose regiment is based with the Desert Rats at Basra Airport, said: "I'm only home for two weeks but I'm not going out.
THE Desert Rats have signed up internet football fans to kit out kids in Iraq with Scottish strips.
They, in turn, faced the might of the 7th Armoured Brigade, the famous Desert Rats, who bombarded their positions.
His regiment is serving as part of the 7th Armoured Brigade, the Desert Rats, who have faced some of the strongest resistance of the war so far in the Basra area.
Rocket propelled grenades, artillery, mortars and machine guns mounted from the back of pick-up trucks were all fired at Britain's 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - as its tanks closed in on Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.
Tanks, troop carriers and infantrymen from the 7th Armoured Brigade - the famous Desert Rats - poured into south eastern Iraq at 1.30 GMT.
At El Alamein in 1942, the Desert Rats fought off Axis troops led by Rommel and led the Allied victory parade in Berlin in 1945.
Among those backing our campaign are PM Gordon Brown and Major Gen Patrick Cordingley, who led the Desert Rats against Saddam Hussein.