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Rats! American English

Meaning: an exclamation that expresses mild annoyance

For example:

  • When Denise realised she'd left her purse at home, she said, "Rats! I'll have to go back and get it."

  • Jamie doesn't say much when he's playing golf, but whenever he misses a putt he says "Rats!"

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Mattie said "Rats!" when he
  1. spilt his coffee
  2. found his keys
  3. broke his arm

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