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Negative ConnotationsPlay
The word 'rat' can suggest dirtiness or disease, especially in urban settings. SlideThe abandoned warehouse was swarming with rats.
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Associated BehaviorsPlay
'Rat' is often used to describe animals that are sneaky or thieving. SlideA rat stole food from the kitchen.
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Common MetaphorPlay
'Rat race' is a metaphor for the competitive struggle of daily life. SlideI'm tired of this rat race and want to retire.