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1. A device for trapping rats.
2. Informal A dilapidated or unsanitary dwelling.
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1. a device for catching rats.
2. a run-down, filthy, or dilapidated place.
3. a daunting situation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rattrap - a difficult entangling situation
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
2.rattrap - filthy run-down dilapidated housing
housing, living accommodations, lodging - structures collectively in which people are housed
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
3.rattrap - a trap for catching rats
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
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, rat trap
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