ratling


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ratling

(ˈrætlɪŋ)
n
(Animals) a young rat
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Arme, Warriours, Arme for fight, the foe at hand, Whom fled we thought, will save us long pursuit This day, fear not his flight; so thick a Cloud He comes, and settl'd in his face I see Sad resolution and secure: let each His Adamantine coat gird well, and each Fit well his Helme, gripe fast his orbed Shield, Born eevn or high, for this day will pour down, If I conjecture aught, no drizling showr, But ratling storm of Arrows barbd with fire.
Hero describes her seaside tower as "Far from the towne[,] where all is whist and still, / Saue that the sea playing on yellow sand, / Sends foorth a ratling murmure to the land" (C2v).
Sir John Narborough's response to the language of the West Indian natives he encounters in his An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries is typical: "the Men have a harsh language, and speak ratling [sic] in the Throat, and gross, the Women shriller and lower: the pronounce the word Ursah, but what it means I could not understand, nor any word they spake.
In a striking example from a funeral sermon preached in 1626, Donne admits the insistence with which the world around him impresses itself on his imagination, even while he prays: "I throw my selfe downe in my Chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a Flie, for the ratling of a Coach, for the whining of a doore.
First, concerning the imitation of sound, that it be somewhat like to the thing it signifieth, and not unlike, as if one should call the sound of a Cannon a ratling or cracking.
Th'art a clog to me[;] Me thinkes thou shouldst be reading o're new fashions, Conferring with your Tire-woman for faire dressings[;] Your Jeweller has new devices for yee, Fine labels for your eares, bracelets for wrists, Such as will illustrate your white hand; These are all Pedlars ware to me, Jacinta; I am for Corslets, Helmets, Bils, Bowes, and Pikes, The thundring Guns, Trumpets tan tara, The ratling sheepeskin, and the whistling Fife: What Musicke's this to your eares?
with a whole pike in his hand ratling down proud Beckets glassy bones'.
One of Silvera's best friend, Linda Regan, who is Brian Murphy's wife, said: 'She was one of the most generous, wonderful friends and a great Lady Ratling,' in reference to her work for the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, a charity run by women in showbusiness.
The tribute to the 'Allo 'Allo star comes from the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings.
I enjoyed having a wizard who is a big, two-legged elephant called an Oomphaz, a cat called a Whiska, rodents called Ratlings and even tiny winged Pixies.
She also gave pounds 2,000 to Granada executive Ann Wilkie Miller and a similar sum to the showbiz charity, the Grand Order of Water Ratlings.