rats

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interjection \ ˈrats \

Definition of rats

used to express disappointment, frustration, or disgust

Examples of rats in a Sentence

  1. rats, I can't believe anyone would say such a hateful thing

First Known Use of rats

1818

rats Synonyms

Synonyms
faugh, fie, phew, phooey, yuck, ugh, yech (or yecch)
Related Words
ah, bah, boo, humph, pish, pooh, pshaw, sheesh, tush, tut, tut-tut; alack, alas, woe
Near Antonyms
yum-yum

RATS Defined for English Language Learners

rats

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interjection

Definition of rats for English Language Learners

  • —used to express disappointment or annoyance



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