You all know what a rat is right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A rat is a rodent that is a member of the mouse family. They are larger than mice with long tails and a pointed nose.

rat idioms and expressions

Here’s a list of idioms about rats.

  • love rat
    meaning – a cheat/an adulterer
    example – I’m fed up of dating love rats, why can’t I find a nice faithful guy?
  • rat on someone
    meaning – report someone’s bad behaviour
    example – Who ratted on me? I know it was one of you.
  • rat race
    meaning – people compete for money, power, and jobs
    example – I quit the rat race 5 years ago to work on a farm. I’ve never looked back.
  • smell a rat
    meaning – be suspicious of something or someone
    example – The police smelt a rat when the suspect’s alibi was proved to be false.

rat idioms and expressions with pictures

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