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1‘we were awakened by the sound of stones rattling against the window’
clatter, bang, clang, clank, clink, clunk
2‘he put his hand in his pocket and rattled his small change’
jingle, jangle, clink, tinkle
3‘the bus rattled along the bumpy streets’
jolt, bump, bounce, shake, vibrate, jar
4‘the government were clearly rattled by the campaign’
unnerve, disconcert, disturb, fluster, shake, perturb, discompose, discomfit, discountenance, make nervous, put off, throw off balance, ruffle, agitate, put off one's stroke, upset, frighten, scare
informal faze, throw, get to
1‘the rattle of bottles as he stacked the crates’
clatter, clattering, clank, clanking, clink, clinking, clanging
jingle, jingling, jangle, jangling
2‘there was a choking rattle in his throat’
‘if that corporate caveat really rattled your cage, there's more bad news’
anger, annoy, antagonize, provoke, vex, irritate, offend
aggravate, rile, needle, get someone's back up, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, get up someone's nose, get in someone's hair, get someone's dander up, get under someone's skin
nark, get on someone's wick
‘she rattled off the names of films he had directed’
reel off, recite, list rapidly, fire off, run through, enumerate
‘she found herself rattling on about the meaning of life’
prattle, babble, chatter, gabble, prate, go on, run on, jabber, jibber-jabber, gibber, blether, blather, blither, ramble, maunder, drivel, twitter
gab, yak, yackety-yak, yap, yabber, yatter
witter, rabbit, chunter, waffle
run off at the mouth
twaddle, clack, twattle
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