Definition of like a rat up a drainpipe in English:

like a rat up a drainpipe

phrase

British
informal
  • Very quickly or eagerly.

    ‘I shot up the ladder like a rat up a drainpipe’
    • ‘If it had been a victory, Craig would have been in there like a rat up a drainpipe to make sure he got full credit and lots of pictures in the local paper.’
    • ‘Every time the door is opened, a woman snaps in front of us like a rat up a pipe.’
    • ‘If the technology is truly feasible and saves money as they say it does, then the private market will be into it like a rat up a drainpipe.’
    • ‘If these proposed "innovations" are so marvellous, why aren't private investors piling into them like a rat up a drainpipe!?’
    • ‘The Australian Competition Consumer Commission will be on to monkey business concerning any price-gouging like a rat up a drainpipe.’
    • ‘He ran away like a rat up a drainpipe.’
    • ‘I can't help thinking if her children were bullied, she would be in the head's office like a rat up a drainpipe.’
    • ‘She was like a rat up a drainpipe in her haste to get to Upper Harbour.’
    • ‘If he sells the bank, which he has said he will do, then she will be on to him like a rat up a drainpipe.’
    • ‘Give him an opening and he's in there, like a rat up a drainpipe.’