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rat terrier

a terrier of any of several breeds developed especially for catching rats, as the Manchester terrier.
Origin of rat terrier
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As for rats, everybody knows that one rat-terrier in a granary is better than an army of cats.

  • Only the point of it stuck up; the rest was clipped as clean as a rat-terrier's.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • A rat-terrier believes that on his home grounds he can whip an elephant.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • Cupid is a rat-terrier, but he likes to hunt rabbits better than rats.

  • She would know how to depress a rat-terrier with it and make a lap-dog look sorry he came.

  • He lacked imagination, and he had the manner of a rat-terrier toward people not of his own kind; but he was one good executive.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly

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