Main definitions of rat pack in English

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rat pack1

noun

informal
  • 1A group of journalists and photographers who pursue celebrities in a relentless or aggressive way.

    ‘the rat pack of showbiz hacks’
    • ‘At the time, it stops the clamouring at the door and satisfies the rat pack, who just wanted crumbs from the government anyway.’
    • ‘Mr. Speaker, I know you are aware of the rat pack in Ottawa.’
    • ‘The London Evening Standard had led the press rat pack in attacking the tube workers.’
  • 2The name given to the group of 1960s actors that included Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr.

    1. 2.1North American A group of friends or associates.
      • ‘But we had a determined rat pack 8 strong - the best guys on the mountain.’

Pronunciation:

rat pack

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Main definitions of rat pack in English

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rat pack2

noun

British
informal
  • A ration pack issued by the army to men on duty away from base camp.

    • ‘None was forthcoming, so I made a deal with the devil and concocted a cup of chocolate consisting of the heat-whitened end of a Flake, most of a waxen bar of choc from an Army rat pack, and instant coffee.’
    • ‘We're taking out about three boxes of human waste and about 10 bags of burnable rubbish, a bag of recyclable rubbish, quite a lot of unused rat packs, and a couple of polar pyramid tents.’
    • ‘Yesterday I only used four packets, so toady I used the other three and mixed the sauce plus chilli sauce and the beans from today's rat pack.’

Pronunciation:

rat pack

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