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Definition of rattle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rattle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrætl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætl//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rattle
    BrE BrE//ˈrætl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætl//
     
    he / she / it rattles
    BrE BrE//ˈrætlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætlz//
     
    past simple rattled
    BrE BrE//ˈrætld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætld//
     
    past participle rattled
    BrE BrE//ˈrætld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætld//
     
    -ing form rattling
    BrE BrE//ˈrætlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætlɪŋ//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] rattle (something) to make a series of short loud sounds when hitting against something hard; to make something do this Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. He shook me so hard that my teeth rattled.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a vehicle) to make a series of short loud sounds as it moves somewhere A convoy of trucks rattled by.
  3. 3[transitive] rattle somebody to make somebody nervous or frightened synonym unnerve He was clearly rattled by the question. See related entries: Fear
  4. see also sabre-rattling
    Word Origin Middle English: related to Middle Dutch and Low German ratelen, of imitative origin.Extra examples A convoy of trucks rattled past. Are you all right? You look a bit rattled. She stood there, rattling the collecting tin.Idioms
    rattle somebody’s cage
     
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    (informal) to annoy somebody Who's rattled his cage?
    Phrasal Verbsrattle aroundrattle somethingoffrattle on (about something)
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