Definition of Desert Rat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Desert Rat

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a soldier in the British 7th Armoured Division, which fought in North Africa in World War II. The Desert Rats were later among the soldiers sent to Kuwait in 1991 during the Gulf War and to Iraq in 2003.