What is the meaning of rat?

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  • Any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse.
  • Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.
  • A person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible.
    • usage: "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
  • One who reveals confidential information in return for money.
  • A pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure.


  • Desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage.
  • Employ scabs or strike breakers in.
  • Take the place of work of someone on strike.
  • Give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat.
  • Catch rats, especially with dogs.
  • Give away information about somebody.
    • usage: "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
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