rat-a-tat


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rat-a-tat

(ˌræt əˈtæt)

also rat′-a-tat`-tat′,



n.
a sound of knocking or rapping.
[1675–85; imitative]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rat-a-tat - a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door)
tapping - the sound of light blow or knock; "he heard the tapping of the man's cane"
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Translations

rat-a-tat

[ˌrætəˈtæt] rat-a-tat-tat [ˌrætəˌtætˈtæt] N (at door) → golpecitos mpl; (imitating sound) → ¡toc, toc!; [of machine-gun] → martilleo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

rat-a-tat

, rat-a-tat-tat
nRattern; the continual rat-a-tat of machine-gun firedas kontinuerliche Rattern von Maschinengewehren
advratternd
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
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