wharf rat


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wharf rat

n.
1. A rat that infests wharves and ships.
2. Slang A person who frequents wharves.

wharf rat

n
1. (Animals) any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves
2. (Nautical Terms) informal a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wharf rat - someone who lives near wharves and lives by pilfering from ships or warehouses
pilferer, sneak thief, snitcher - a thief who steals without using violence
2.wharf rat - brown rat that infests wharveswharf rat - brown rat that infests wharves  
brown rat, Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus - common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide
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He was a member of American Mensa, Wharf Rat Club on Nantucket and enjoyed jogging, woodworking, reading and discussing subjects of substance.
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They actually got pretty good at sticking an arrow into a straw bale at 30 paces, but when it came to managing their traditional bows in the field, they were about as successful as a house mouse challenging a wharf rat for a peanut.
CMP clients range from Wharf Rat Productions to the omnipresent Lincoln Center Theatre Company, and have included dozens of schools from coast to coast, an opera company and several international festivals.
He spent many long hours with his wharf rat friends and buddies whom he cherished dearly.
The boat club was in a shallow, reedy section of Lake Scugog, and there were leeches in the water, and wharf rats that sometimes took up residence in the boats or the rundown clubhouse.
Dewsbury Wharf Rats, who meet at the Leggers Inn in Savile Town, Dewsbury, want to raise PS2,500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Wary of the daylight they lurked in the night shadows of Haifa docks like wharf rats, referred to their victims as "terrorists", and falsely accused them of shooting at commandos who were indulging a blood bath totally outside of any remit granted by International Law.