rug rat

noun

Definition of rug rat

slang
: a child not yet old enough for school

Examples of rug rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Third row seats are best left for rug rats, or folded. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Highlander review: A vehicle sure to excite any parent," 22 Feb. 2020 Your standard maternal protagonist is not dropping a trail of pacifiers behind her, swilling goblets of red wine the minute her rug rats are in bed, and secretly vaping in the linen closet? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Sharon Horgan’s Motherland, All Moms Are Bad Moms," 14 May 2018 Your standard maternal protagonist is not dropping a trail of pacifiers behind her, swilling goblets of red wine the minute her rug rats are in bed, and secretly vaping in the linen closet? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Sharon Horgan’s Motherland, All Moms Are Bad Moms," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of rug rat

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Rug rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rug%20rat. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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