1867, Report Presented to the Trades Unions Commissioners by the Examiners Appointed to Inquire Into Acts of Intimidation, Outrage, Or Wrong Alleged to Have Been Promoted, Encouraged, Or Connived at by Trades Unions in the Town of Sheffield, Great Britain. Royal Commission on Trades Unions. G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode, 1867. p. 225.
Did you also employ them to ratten people if they had broken any rules of your society, for instance, by having too many apprentices?
Origin of ratten
- From Provincial English ratten rat, therefore it means, to do mischief like a rat.