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Definition of rattle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rattle
    he / she / it rattles
    past simple rattled
    -ing form rattling
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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 someone nervous or frightened synonym unnerve He was clearly rattled by the question. see also saber-rattling
  4. Idioms
    rattle somebody's cage (informal)
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    to annoy someone Who's rattled his cage?
    Phrasal Verbsrattle aroundrattle somethingoffrattle on (about something)
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