- to suspect a trick, plot, etc.
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Origin of Rat
From Middle English rat, rotte, from Old English ræt, from Proto-Germanic *rattaz, *ratō (compare West Frisian rôt, Dutch rat, dialectal German Ratz), from Proto-Indo-European *Hreh₃d- (“to scrape") (compare Welsh rhathu (“to grate, rasp"), Latin rōdō (“to gnaw"), rōstrum (“beak, prow"), Middle Persian randÄ«tan (“to scrape, smooth"), Sanskrit rádati (“he gnaws, cuts")).
Middle English from Old English ræt rēd- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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