He proceeded to rattle off the names of dozens of notable cast members, urging them to stand for an ovation.
Their hope was to rattle the newcomer, but the incident just embarrassed the incumbent.
Rather, the hope is to rattle the cages a bit and make sure that the leadership of the Senate reflects the energy in the ranks.
But one thing is certain: "Now is the time to rattle your sabers."
He recalled getting out of the car to check the luggage rack, which had a tendency “to rattle itself loose.”
It was not at first that John could attend to him, and when he was able to do so he began to rattle on about his own affairs.
He awaited, in an agony of suspense, the rattle of the musketry.
The lights did not go out in quarters, and the guard turned out with much noise of shoe leather and rattle of guns.
Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.
Thunder of guns and rattle of musketry nearer, daily, bring fresh alarms.
c.1300 (intransitive), "To make a quick sharp noise with frequent repetitions and collisions of bodies not very sonorous: when bodies are sonorous, it is called jingling" [Johnson]. Perhaps in Old English but not recorded; if not, from Middle Dutch ratelen, probably of imitative origin (cf. German rasseln "to rattle," Greek kradao "I rattle"). Sense of "utter smartly and rapidly" is late 14c. Meaning "to go along loosely and noisily" is from 1550s. Transitive sense is late 14c.; figurative sense of "fluster" is first recorded 1869. Related: Rattled; rattling.
c.1500, "rapid succession of short, sharp sounds," from rattle (v.). As a child's toy, recorded from 1510s. As a sound made in the throat (especially of one near death) from 1752.