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wharf rat

noun
1.
a large brown rat that is commonly found on wharves.
2.
a person who lives or loiters near wharves, often existing by pilfering from ships or warehouses.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for wharf rat

wharf rat

noun
1.
any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves
2.
(informal) a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes
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