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(derogatory, slang) those members of the press who give wide, often intrusive, coverage of the private lives of celebrities: the royal ratpack


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    noun, Slang. 1. a close-knit group of people with common interests who participate in various professional and recreational activities together. 2. Chiefly British. journalists or photographers as a group in relentless pursuit of celebrities. n. “juvenile gang,” 1951, from rat (n.) + pack (n.). In reference to a Hollywood circle around Frank Sinatra, from 1958. […]

  • Rat-race

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