desert rat


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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
aavikkojerboaavikkorotta

desert rat

n (Brit fig inf) → Wüstensoldat m
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From 1946 to 1983, little escaped the lens of former Desert Rat and veteran Gazette photographer Wilf Thompson.
SCOTLAND'S oldest surviving Desert Rat has just celebrated his 103rd birthday.
ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING DESERT RATS REVEALS WWII HORRORS IN NORTH AFRICA AND HOW HE CAME CLOSE TO SEEING CHURCHILL Brum soldier Bob Brighton tells ALISON STACEY about his time as a Desert Rat and helping to fix General Monty's boots DING in the blistering heat of the desert, the sun beat down on the hundreds of men lining the route to Tripoli in Libya.
But, then, life as a desert rat isn't all that had.
FORMER Desert Rat and chauffeur to the Cardiff Lord Mayor Richard Ferguson has died aged 92.
DESERT RAT 1940-43: BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH TROOPS IN NORTH AFRICA provides a fine survey of the British troops who actively fought Italy and Germany on land: the only British forces to endure intense land combat.
My dad, he was a desert rat My mum was in munitions They married as war ended And together they have stayed.
Here he follows the British Eighth Army and the Seventh Armoured Division, which took the jerboa, or desert rat, as an emblem.
Iraqi officials continue to make noises about moving the Mojahedin-e Khalq from Camp Ashraf to a desert rat hole far from the Iranian border.
The former Desert Rat said: "There were three of them, all about 6ft tall and well built.
Can reverse placings with Coral Creek and Desert Rat, who finished in front of him last time.
Desert Rat Joe, 90, who survived the most bitter battles of the Second World War, died fter allegedlybeing given the wrong drug.