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rattle through (something)

To undertake to do or say something rather quickly, especially as a means of finishing as soon as possible. We've only got a few more things to do before we can close up for the night, so let's just rattle through them and get the heck out of here. My boss rattled through the list of regulations so quickly that I couldn't even catch half of what he said!
See also: rattle, through


  (British, American & Australian) also saber-rattling (American)
threatening behaviour which is intended to frighten someone After months of sabre-rattling, the two sides have agreed to a peaceful resolution of their differences.

saber rattling

A flamboyant display of military power; also, aggressive blustering. For example, There had been a great deal of saber rattling between the two nations but hostilities had never broken out . This term, originating about 1920 and alluding to an officer indicating he would draw his saber, at first referred to threatening military force but later was extended to more general use, as in Both candidates engaged in pre-debate saber rattling.
See also: rattling, saber


mod. excellent. (see also rocking.) Her party was really rattling.
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Rattling is especially effective when the going gets tough.
As a rule, I like the plastic beads because they are lighter and don't detract from the flotation of the rattling cork.
Normal bugling and cow talk can take hours to bring a bull in, but once I start rattling, bulls usually sneak in quickly, inside of five or 10 minutes.
Technical projects manager Christine McCarthy said: "This new model will even tackle that maddening rattling noise we have all had to endure at some point.
If on the other hand, the primary reason is to slow traffic down, then it is certainly a contradiction to the laws of physics, for the slower one goes, the greater is the rattling and the faster one goes, the lesser it is and hence it would stimulate drivers into driving faster.
Pregnant females typically let him get close, sometimes close enough to touch them, before they started rattling or taking strikes at him.
Yen weakness due to North Korean saber rattling continues to move Aussie Yen higher.
RATTLING IS HUGE FUN, it works, and it requires little skill--as that incident illustrates.
One of the other hunters in camp, who'd had considerable success rattling in other parts of the country, decided to try it anyway.
THE sixth earthquake in a month hit a city yesterday, rattling teacups but causing no damage.
We hopped on the West Side Road at its north end, in the area of Artists Palette, and were soon rattling over a gravelly route that had been turned to corduroy in many stretches by the runoff of mountain rains.
Toward the end, the coin generates a characteristic rattling sound of rapidly increasing frequency until it suddenly stops with a distinctive shudder.
By the time I remembered my rattling antlers hanging on a peg at arm's reach, the buck was 400 yards away.
The buck had his nose to the ground and was on the move as I quickly grabbed my rattling antlers and clashed them together.