a close-knit group of people with common interests who participate in various professional and recreational activities together.
Chiefly British. journalists or photographers as a group in relentless pursuit of celebrities.
“juvenile gang,” 1951, from rat (n.) + pack (n.). In reference to a Hollywood circle around Frank Sinatra, from 1958.
A teenage street gang: juvenile gangs, sometimes called rat packs (1951+)
noun, Informal. 1. any exhausting, unremitting, and usually competitive activity or routine, especially a pressured urban working life spent trying to get ahead with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc. noun 1. a continual routine of hectic competitive activity: working in the City is a real rat race n. also rat race, “competitive struggle,” […]
noun 1. the practice of driving through residential side streets to avoid congested main roads
[rat] /ræt/ noun 1. any of several long-tailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus and related genera, distinguished from the mouse by being larger. 2. any of various similar or related animals. 3. Slang. a scoundrel. 4. Slang. 5. Slang. a person who frequents a specified place: a mall rat; gym rats. […]
[rats-beyn] /ˈrætsˌbeɪn/ noun 1. poison. 2. the trioxide of arsenic. /ˈrætsˌbeɪn/ noun 1. rat poison, esp arsenic oxide n. “rat poison, arsenic,” 1520s; see rat (n.) + bane.