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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