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rat-a-tat

or rat-a-tat-tat

[rat-uh-tat] /ˈræt əˈtæt/
noun
1.
a sound of knocking or rapping:
a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.
Origin of rat-a-tat
1675-1685
1675-85; imitative
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  • Each game he started against us he got the old “rat-a-tat-tat.”

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • So he stopped and tapped on the door, rat-a-tat-tat, very softly, you know.

  • We started to climb the Ridge, and we were just coming through a churchyard when rat-a-tat-tat!

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • Over by the orchard, he could hear a flicker go "rat-a-tat-tat," boring away at the old apple tree.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • rat-a-tat-tat at the first dim hint of dawn went the chamberlain's knuckles upon the door.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for rat-a-tat-tat

rat-a-tat-tat

/ˈrætəˌtætˈtæt/
noun
1.
the sound of knocking on a door
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Word Origin and History for rat-a-tat-tat

rat-a-tat

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

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