One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person whose job is to catch or destroy rats.
- ‘He had a burning ambition to be a rat-catcher at an early age.’
- ‘We need to be problem solvers, like rat-catchers and firemen.’
- ‘It is equally attractive to rats and is often used by rat-catchers to bait their traps.’
- ‘A few years ago, Owen, from Glusburn, would have been called the rat-catcher.’
- ‘Well, this compositional choice surely started with the rhetorical opposition between the local rat-catchers and the western scientists.’
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