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adj. Informal
Animated; brisk: a rattling conversation about politics.
Used as an intensive: "the guiltless gust of a rattling good yarn" (Anthony Burgess).
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informal (intensifier qualifying something good, fine, pleasant, etc): a rattling good lunch.
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(ˈræt lɪŋ)

1. brisk: a rattling pace.
2. splendid; fine.
3. very: a rattling good time.
rat′tling•ly, adv.
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Noun1.rattling - a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)rattling - a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle"
crepitation rale - the crackling sound heard on auscultation when patients with respiratory diseases inhale; associated with tuberculosis and pneumonia and congestive heart failure
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Adj.1.rattling - extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation about politics"; "a tremendous achievement"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
2.rattling - quick and energeticrattling - quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"
energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; "an energetic fund raiser for the college"; "an energetic group of hikers"; "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"
Adv.1.rattling - used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"
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snöggur, snar


A. ADJ at a rattling pacemuy rápidamente, a gran velocidad
B. ADV rattling good (esp Brit) → realmente estupendo
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n (= sound)Klappern nt; (of chains)Rasseln nt, → Klirren nt; (of bottles)Klirren nt; (of gunfire)Knattern nt; (of drums)Schlagen nt; (of hailstones)Prasseln nt
adjklappernd; chainsrasselnd, klirrend; bottlesklirrend; gunfireknatternd; drumsschlagend; hailstonesprasselnd; a rattling noiseein Klappern nt/Rasseln ntetc
adv rattling good (dated inf)verdammt gut (inf)
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(rӕtl) verb
1. to (cause to) make a series of short, sharp noises by knocking together. The cups rattled as he carried the tray in; The strong wind rattled the windows.
2. to move quickly. The car was rattling along at top speed.
3. to upset and confuse (a person). Don't let him rattle you – he likes annoying people.
1. a series of short, sharp noises. the rattle of cups.
2. a child's toy, or a wooden instrument, which makes a noise of this sort. The baby waved its rattle.
3. the bony rings of a rattlesnake's tail.
ˈrattling adjective
fast; lively. The car travelled at a rattling pace.
ˈrattlesnake noun
a type of poisonous American snake with bony rings in its tail which rattle.
rattle off
to say quickly and usually without any feeling or expression. The boy rattled off the poem.
rattle through
to say or do (something) quickly. The teacher rattled through his explanation so quickly that no-one could understand him.
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References in classic literature ?
Inside the cab the spell of silence, in which the two women had endured shoulder to shoulder the jolting, rattling, and jingling of the journey, had been broken by Stevie's outbreak.
They felt a peculiar bump; a vision of brick pillars lingered before the rattling windows of the cab; a sudden cessation of atrocious jolting and uproarious jingling dazed the two women.
"But that is nothing to the rattling they are going to get," she assured him, as he rose and took her hand.
I suppose he had got up on the bench, and fumbling about amongst them must have brought one down, which, falling, had produced that rattling noise.
A noise like the rattling of chain links, a small grind and click exploded in the stillness of the hall and a eciov began to swear in Italian.
Within a week all the blooming roads had been despoiled, hundreds of miles of yellow sunflowers had been transformed into brown, rattling, burry stalks.
Voltaire might have canted if he'd stood in my shoes; but the brains' - with a rattling fillip on his bald head - 'the brains were clear and active, and I saw and made no deductions.'
Before it had occurred to one of us to make a movement the fly was already rattling toward the station.
He had risen from his position to his hands and knees, and though his leg obviously hurt him pretty sharply when he moved--for I could hear him stifle a groan--yet it was at a good, rattling rate that he trailed himself across the deck.
Their voices were encompassed and reechoed by the walls of a chamber, the windows of which were rattling in the breeze; the regular vibration of a clock, the crackling of a fire, and the tinkling of the embers as they fell among the ashes, rendered the scene almost as vivid as if painted to the eye.
In front a continuous stream of hansoms and four- wheelers were rattling up, discharging their cargoes of shirt- fronted men and beshawled, bediamonded women.
The instant the word was given, the two apparitions sprang forward and began to rain blows down upon each other with such lightning rapidity that I could not quite tell whether I saw the swords or only flashes they made in the air; the rattling din of these blows as they struck steel or paddings was something wonderfully stirring, and they were struck with such terrific force that I could not understand why the opposing sword was not beaten down under the assault.