rat-tat-tat


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rat-tat-tat

n
a variant of rat-a-tat-tat
Translations

rat-tat-tat

[ˈrætəˈtæt] n (on door) → toc-toc m; (of machine gun) → ta-ta-ta m
References in classic literature ?
At the rat-tat-tat of the knocker her heart flew into her mouth.
But she caught even as she spoke a rat-tat-tat of the knocker, which struck her as a sign.
He came out rat-tat-tat, four quick punches on to my forehead.
War intrudes in stealthy grandmother's footsteps - while there's a military symbolism in the footsteps of the synchronised dances performed by the men at festival time (the rushcart handsomely realised at the climax of Act One), drilled like squaddies by Barrie Rutter's whistle-wielding Squire/sergeantmajor as the clogs rat-tat-tat like Wilfred Owen's stuttering rifles.
This is an off-kilter and forceful album, one that keeps the listener engaged with adrenaline, rat-tat-tat drums and soaring guitars.
He got to his room and surprised everyone: rat-tat-tat, he sent three or four messages, and at that moment fireworks began to go off around the country," Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised cabinet meeting.
The constant boom of explosions and the distant rat-tat-tat of machine guns competed with the wailing of sirens of ambulances that streamed in to the hospital, ferrying the wounded and the dead from the front line.
15pm if one of the races has to be divided - and will run along rat-tat-tat until the runners in the last are released from the stalls at 9.
As the Government grapples with its spending review we can expect the rat-tat-tat of gunfire from all sides as the Treasury and the trade unions hunker down for what is bound to be a long and bloody battle.
There's too much fancy footwork here, too much glib and tongue-in-cheek, too much rapid-tire short sentence structure like the rat-tat-tat of machine-gun fire for two hundred pages.
The first of these involved listening to the show alone, concentrating on the output of those machines that need no human presence to activate them, such as the tinkling of Angela White's three turntables and michael Jackson, 2007, the unexpected thump of Noah Sheldon's Perpetual Chimes and Shells, 2006, the Uzi-like rat-tat-tat of Terry Adkins's Off Minor, 2004, and the intermittent drumming of David Ellis's Trash Talk, 2007.