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rat-a-tat

[rat-uh-tat] /ˈræt əˈtæt/
noun
1.
a sound of knocking or rapping:
a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.
Also, rat-a-tat-tat.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; imitative
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Word Origin and History for rat a tat

rat-a-tat

1680s, echoic, originally of a cooper hammering tubs.

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