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A rickety, worn-out vehicle.
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informal a broken-down old vehicle, esp an old car
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(ˈræt lˌtræp)

a shaky object, as a rickety vehicle.
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A. ADJdesvencijado
B. Narmatoste m
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It must reward them, or their children would not be able to go to school, nor would so many of them be able to drive by in rattletrap, second-hand buggies or in stout light wagons.
Corbett had to borrow a rattletrap old shotgun from a villager to finish it.
He lived in a shabby housing block in a field of identical housing blocks and drove a rattletrap Niva.
Even Soviet rot and rust are portrayed with flair, as when a rattletrap bus bumping over potholes is likened to "a giant tambourine."
With the children now raising their own families and with my acting abilities diluted by age, do not be surprised if you see a senior citizen, suddenly pull over, turn on the hazard lights and walk willy-nilly to a 'cartful of guavas' located a fairly long way from a rickety old rattletrap.
I mention Dawkins because he is an especially voluble instance of the fact that this worldview-- and I am not speaking of atheism here, but of the whole rattletrap machinery of his and their particular school of thought--is presented as Indubitable Truth.
James Wan is a horror filmmaker of such screw-tightening skill that even when he makes a good old rattletrap haunted-house potboiler, it's easy to feel a glimmer of admiration for his talent just beneath your tingling spine.
Of his long nights on the rattletrap expresses, of his three months spent searching the yards--first the Pacific, calm and enormous, then the Atlantic, scrappier, bitter, and in between them the plains, the dark pine forests, the still shallow reservoirs reflecting every sky, him straining his eyes to see the first of the Rockies or the slow comfortable curve of the earth, the familiar sideouts and the favorite trestle bridges--of all this, Magellan said nothing.
Many of its buried clues link "Saul'' to "Breaking Bad,'' the 2008-13 AMC series that introduced Jimmy McGill in a time frame six years after the starting point for "Saul.'' For instance, in the "Saul'' premiere, Jimmy's car was revealed to be a 1998 Suzuki Esteem rattletrap parked in the Albuquerque courthouse alongside a Cadillac DeVille -- a deliberate reference to the make of car he will drive years later on "Breaking Bad'' in his alter ego as flush attorney Saul Goodman.
He first went to Africa fifty years ago, becoming "a teacher in a small school in Malawi and then a professor at Makerere University in Uganda." He describes his time at the school as "some of the happiest years of my life." He revisited the continent in 2001, traveling down the east side of Africa in the grittiest sort of way, by "rattletrap bus, dugout canoe." and the like.
"This is quite an impressive debut novel once you get past the baroque and rather rattletrap plot.
Birmingham and surrounding towns once had lots of rattletrap trams running on the streets.