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rattle

noun uk   /ˈræt.l̩/ us    /ˈræt̬-/
[S] a sound similar to a series of quickly repeated knocks: From across the town came the rattle of machine-gun fire. [C] a toy which makes a noise like a series of knocks: The baby was waving around a plastic rattle. [C] a wooden device that when turned round and round produces a noise like a series of knocks [C] the part of a rattlesnake's tail that produces a noise

rattle

verb uk   /ˈræt.l̩/ us    /ˈræt̬-/

rattle verb (WORRY)

[T] to worry someone or make someone nervous: The creaking upstairs was starting to rattle me.

rattle verb (SOUND)

[I or T] to (cause something to) make a noise like a series of knocks: The explosion rattled the cups on the table. The dying man's voice rattled in his throat. [+ adv/prep] The car rattled over the cobblestones. My car engine is making a strange rattling noise.
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