rat-a-tat-tat


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rat-a-tat-tat

 (răt′ə-tăt′tăt′)
n.
A series of short sharp sounds, as that made by knocking on a door.

[Imitative.]

rat-a-tat-tat

(ˈrætəˌtætˈtæt) or

rat-a-tat

n
the sound of knocking on a door
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rat-a-tat-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"

rat-a-tat-tat

noun
A sudden sharp, explosive noise:
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Nearby I hear a rat-a-tat-tat boom as street cops in undershirt hurl stones at a target and scream when one of them hits the gonging bull s-eye.
Birds avoid the cat, go rat-a-tat-tat, look sad in a cage or are 'f-r-e-e, which is a much better life, I'm sure you'll agree.
First the scene is set, in circuitous fashion, by Mr Styles (Munyevu again), the proprietor of a photographic studio that doesn't simply produce snaps but is "a strong room of dreams" - not least those of the radiant, beaming owner who describes in colourful, painterly fashion his previous existence toiling in a Ford car plant, and the dreams and aspirations of those who now rat-a-tat-tat at the studio door.
and there followed the rat-a-tat-tat of a German plane's machine-gun.
How did you knock on the door," asks Lee, answering the rat-a-tat-tat, to canned audience laughter.
Scientists have figured out how woodpeckers can rat-a-tat-tat a tree 12,000 times a day at speeds up to 7 meters per second without a headache.
Sitting out of his ground off a seemingly generous pace, he made undemonstrative progress as the field headed for the last two bends, bringing his mount to the outside for one, long sweep up the straight, passing Itsallgreektome in the closing stages and finishing with a familiar rat-a-tat-tat flourish of the whip, just to be sure of a neck success.
The visitors took 46 minutes to make the breakthrough - Les Davies setting up Chris Seargeant - but it was rat-a-tat-tat from that point.
For my tastes it's a bit too slow-paced; I like making the gun go rat-a-tat-tat.