Rat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ratted; p. pr. & vb. n. Ratting.] 1. In English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union.
Coleridge . . . incurred the reproach of having ratted, solely by his inability to follow the friends of his early days.De Quincey.
2. To catch or kill rats.
2. To be an informer (against an associate); to inform (on an associate); to squeal; -- used commonly in the phrase to rat on.
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