Lincoln had a lot of Shakespeare rattling around in his brain.
Most likely Galt heard Willie Anschutz rattling the bathroom door, a disruption that doubtless would have tried his concentration.
Jeff Zucker blew up CNN on Tuesday, rattling nerves throughout the network.
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.
Good; great: a rattling party (1690+)adverb
Very; extremely: a rattling good story (1829+)